One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Failure to conform to good taste, propriety, or etiquette.
impropriety, unseemliness, unbecomingness, indignity, immodesty, indecency, indelicacy, indiscretion, immorality, shamelessnessView synonyms
- ‘They who compare old accounts with what is now to be seen, will agree that he who looks, at the present day, into the dull, dark and simmering waters, can have no conception of the jollity, frolic, riot, dissipation, and indecorum, which once reigned there.’
- ‘Being one who still remembers Detroit walking off after losing and being poor sportsmen, and recognizing that they were different players then, I've never forgotten that act of indecorum.’
- ‘Because Elizabeth has so recently been made aware by Darcy of the effects of her sister's indecorum, she argues strongly that the family should not allow another breach of decorum that could harm the girls' chances of finding a suitable husband.’
- ‘Although many of his close associates were censored for indecorum in their religious writings, Titian's paintings were never so criticized, but rather lauded and imitated.’
- ‘An act of public indecorum is also a breach of the peace.’
Late 16th century (denoting an indecorous act): from Latin, neuter of indecorus (see indecorous).
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