tact·​less | \ ˈtakt-ləs How to pronounce tactless (audio) \

Definition of tactless

: marked by lack of tact tactless comments tactless methods

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Other Words from tactless

tactlessly adverb
tactlessness noun

Examples of tactless in a Sentence

made a tactless remark about how the woman's dress had that “homemade” look

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This is not to say that Sanders has never been the subject of tactless, sexist remarks. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Michelle Wolf’s Joke About Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Eye Makeup Wasn’t Bad!," 29 Apr. 2018 Horribly tactless, not least in light of the millions of Russian lives lost in World War II. John Leicester, Fox News, "Column: World Cup offers chance for respite from Russia heat," 28 Mar. 2018 With millions of people watching, negative, insensitive, and sometimes tactless comments are inevitable. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why YouTube Star Nabela Noor Believes Makeup and Self-Love Aren’t Mutually Exclusive," 19 Feb. 2018 The Mooch, in his 10-day White House stint, was an emblem of the Trump Era: shameless, tactless, at times vicious, and totally unequipped for the actual job at hand. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "The Mooch Is Back, and Moochier Than Ever," 2 Feb. 2018 Marion is deeply concerned with presentation, while Lady Bird (like many a teenager) often blurts out observations that come off as tactless or hurtful. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Memorable Mother-Daughter Talk in Lady Bird," 26 Dec. 2017 Turns in the plot ultimately make this feel less tactless, but Rough Night has other hurdles to clear. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Top female comedy talent puts the 'R' in 'Rough Night'," 15 June 2017 As decoration, they are considered tacky; as gifts, tactless. Avi Steinberg, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Fake Flowers," 12 Apr. 2017 Alas, Madame Verdurin’s sinking feelings are not hers alone, since who among us isn’t implicated in this moment of tactless pleasure? Laurence Scott, The New Yorker, "The Big and Small of Bad Internet News," 31 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of tactless

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tactless

: tending to offend or upset people : not showing or having tact


tact·​less | \ ˈtakt-ləs How to pronounce tactless (audio) \

Kids Definition of tactless

: having or showing no tact

Other Words from tactless

tactlessly adverb
tactlessness noun

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