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[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’
wrongdoing, misconduct, dishonesty, corruption, unscrupulousness, illegitimacy, unprofessionalism, irregularitytransgression, misdemeanour, offence, misdeed, improper act, sin, crime, felonyView synonyms
- ‘There are no allegations of impropriety against any other individual.’
- ‘But at no time whatsoever have I ever acted dishonestly or with conscious impropriety.’
- ‘I think that so many of these contributions create the impression of impropriety and it taints all of us.’
- ‘There should be no lingering questions, let alone any whiff of impropriety.’
- ‘I think as the editorial in The Courier Mail said on Saturday, there have been veiled suggestions of impropriety.’
- ‘The activist, whose daughter was a presiding officer for one polling station, has strenuously denied any impropriety.’
- ‘None of the allegations related to financial impropriety or wilful misconduct.’
- ‘You can see how the slightest impropriety would be pounced on as grounds for derision and exclusion.’
- ‘The appearance of impropriety is not the same thing as impropriety and the two should not be confused.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She seemed to have gentlemen admirers, though no impropriety was ever established.’
- ‘In this case there was no impropriety by the defendants in the conduct of the litigation.’
- ‘Wouldn't the government have acted had it been another kind of corruption like financial impropriety or something?’
- ‘Rumours of financial impropriety began swirling around the association in the fall of 2003.’
- ‘The plaintiffs' allegations against the defendant involve those of serious wrongdoing and impropriety.’
- ‘The witness said he was not aware of any hint of anything improper or any impropriety in the granting of the licence.’
- ‘It goes without saying that everyone involved in these cushy deals denies any impropriety.’
- ‘The High Court found no impropriety or illegality in her dismissal.’
- ‘With legal impropriety, the judge bullied the jury into a finding of guilty.’
- ‘So, I read that he has been mired in accusations and allegations of corruption, sexual impropriety, and drug use.’
Early 17th century (also in the sense ‘inaccuracy’): from French impropriété or Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper).
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