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1A lack of sensitive understanding or tact:‘the magazine printed the photographs with manifest indelicacy for commercial ends’[count noun] ‘diplomatic indelicacies’
impropriety, unseemliness, unbecomingness, indignity, immodesty, indecency, obscenity, indecorum, indiscretion, immorality, shamelessnessinsensitivity, tactlessnessundesirability, unacceptability, impoliteness, discourtesy, bad taste, ill breeding, bad mannersView synonyms
- ‘Apologising for the indelicacy he asks Nelly the amount involved.’
- ‘She was divided between indignation at Mr. Bennet's indelicacy and overwhelming pity for Miss Darcy.’
- ‘Mr. Grantley, without any indelicacy or mention of their previous meeting, smiled at her when the customary salutations were being made.’
- ‘If, when you are out, you can inconspicuously run a clean powder-puff over your face, no one will accuse you of indelicacy.’
- ‘Being aware of the indelicacy and impropriety of this positioning they helped Lydia remove herself from her post.’
- ‘Excuse my indelicacy, but how much are you worth?’
2The quality of being slightly indecent:‘the play's cynicism and sexual indelicacy’[count noun] ‘such crude indelicacies’
- ‘At M. Lambercier's a good maidservant was discharged for having once made use of an expression before us which was thought to contain some degree of indelicacy.’
- ‘My father did not witness enough of our cousin's indelicacy to give alarm or he would have acted.’
- ‘Innuendo is only ever really funny in a setting where direct indelicacy is inappropriate.’
- ‘We yearned for private space to read, and we squirmed at the indelicacy of having to pee in public down tubes on the deck.’
- ‘Coupled with the use of her given name, Elizabeth was too flustered to think very much about the indelicacy of the situation.’
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