Definition of indecorous in English:



  • Not in keeping with good taste and propriety; improper.

    ‘a pub crawl with sundry indecorous adventures’
    • ‘Wild horses, however, would not persuade me to recount the precise sequence of events that led up to this happy, if somewhat indecorous, conclusion.’
    • ‘I was in the audience when you missed the shift and muttered something indecorous, and really it was almost inaudible.’
    • ‘The British press has been atypically lenient in its review of his atrociously indecorous behaviour.’
    • ‘‘In those days’, Hancock noted, ‘it was considered indecorous for angels of mercy to appear otherwise than gray-haired and spectacled’.’
    • ‘There are exceptions, which it would be indecorous, perhaps even counter-productive, to name.’
    • ‘He was probably going to lecture her on her indecorous behavior and the scandal it would cause.’
    • ‘They make their way to the vinyl-padded folding chairs, which let out a rather indecorous sound when they sit down.’
    • ‘The shameless individual does not feel that painful emotion that arises out of the consciousness of something dishonourable, ridiculous, or indecorous in his/her conduct.’
    • ‘For reasons it would be indecorous to disclose, I've been more than usually preoccupied with sex and relationships this month.’
    • ‘‘By venting such indecorous spleen, some might consider that I am indulging in the ‘politics of envy’, as it is called.’
    • ‘Too intimate a portrayal of a virtuous Spanish woman was considered indecorous, and perhaps being portrayed itself was perceived as contributing to vanity.’
    • ‘First, an indecorous alphabet, which I have no idea about, other than it features descriptions of words that don't normally get written about (spicy chicken pasta, raisins, lard, creme egg).’
    • ‘Their singular talents die indecorous deaths; their individuality is silently squelched under the rigid and coercive iron heel of authority.’
    • ‘In Italy, Spain and France it is considered indecorous to reveal too much skin anywhere but in the water.’
    • ‘I take this less as a mandate for medieval masochism than an indecorous call to embrace our own authentic experience.’
    • ‘This robust, indecorous, and accommodating vernacular tradition was not universally hostile to the spirit or methods of Renaissance classicism: it simply took from them what it wanted and adapted it to local practice.’
    • ‘Court society viewed the handling of money, though ever more widespread, as an indecorous gesture, which it affected to believe had not yet infiltrated the most intimate corners of its own world.’
    • ‘This woman's behavior is indecorous and unprofessional, and when an employee is ‘scared to death,’ it is probably harassment.’
    • ‘But some of the writers the regime is now grooming to take power look a lot like insurgents themselves: indecorous, sometimes indecent, not snobby about pop culture.’
    • ‘Cycling and painting are quite separate means of self-expression and their combination is both incongruous and indecorous.’
    improper, unseemly, unbecoming, undignified, immodest, indecent, indelicate, indiscreet, immoral, shameless, loose, wanton, unvirtuous
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Late 17th century: from Latin indecorus (from in- ‘not’ + decorus ‘seemly’) + -ous.