Definition of impropriety in English:

impropriety

noun

mass noun
  • Failure to observe standards of honesty or modesty; improper behaviour or character.

    ‘she was scandalized at the impropriety of the question’
    count noun ‘there are no demonstrable legal improprieties’
    • ‘Although none of this indicates any form of impropriety, it does illustrate the scale of the market and why many international investors are wary of it.’
    • ‘The witness said he was not aware of any hint of anything improper or any impropriety in the granting of the licence.’
    • ‘Wouldn't the government have acted had it been another kind of corruption like financial impropriety or something?’
    • ‘The appearance of impropriety is not the same thing as impropriety and the two should not be confused.’
    • ‘There are no allegations of impropriety against any other individual.’
    • ‘With legal impropriety, the judge bullied the jury into a finding of guilty.’
    • ‘The activist, whose daughter was a presiding officer for one polling station, has strenuously denied any impropriety.’
    • ‘So, I read that he has been mired in accusations and allegations of corruption, sexual impropriety, and drug use.’
    • ‘But at no time whatsoever have I ever acted dishonestly or with conscious impropriety.’
    • ‘In this case there was no impropriety by the defendants in the conduct of the litigation.’
    • ‘There should be no lingering questions, let alone any whiff of impropriety.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs' allegations against the defendant involve those of serious wrongdoing and impropriety.’
    • ‘I think that so many of these contributions create the impression of impropriety and it taints all of us.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that everyone involved in these cushy deals denies any impropriety.’
    • ‘I think as the editorial in The Courier Mail said on Saturday, there have been veiled suggestions of impropriety.’
    • ‘She seemed to have gentlemen admirers, though no impropriety was ever established.’
    • ‘You can see how the slightest impropriety would be pounced on as grounds for derision and exclusion.’
    • ‘The High Court found no impropriety or illegality in her dismissal.’
    • ‘None of the allegations related to financial impropriety or wilful misconduct.’
    • ‘Rumours of financial impropriety began swirling around the association in the fall of 2003.’
    wrongdoing, misconduct, dishonesty, corruption, unscrupulousness, illegitimacy, unprofessionalism, irregularity
    transgression, misdemeanour, offence, misdeed, improper act, sin, crime, felony
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Origin

Early 17th century (also in the sense ‘inaccuracy’): from French impropriété or Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper).

Pronunciation

impropriety

/ˌɪmprəˈprʌɪəti/