Definition of indelicacy in English:



mass noun
  • 1A lack of sensitive understanding or tact.

    ‘the magazine printed the photographs with manifest indelicacy for commercial ends’
    count noun ‘diplomatic indelicacies’
    • ‘Excuse my indelicacy, but how much are you worth?’
    • ‘Being aware of the indelicacy and impropriety of this positioning they helped Lydia remove herself from her post.’
    • ‘Apologising for the indelicacy he asks Nelly the amount involved.’
    • ‘Mr. Grantley, without any indelicacy or mention of their previous meeting, smiled at her when the customary salutations were being made.’
    • ‘She was divided between indignation at Mr. Bennet's indelicacy and overwhelming pity for Miss Darcy.’
    • ‘If, when you are out, you can inconspicuously run a clean powder-puff over your face, no one will accuse you of indelicacy.’
    impropriety, unseemliness, unbecomingness, indignity, immodesty, indecency, obscenity, indecorum, indiscretion, immorality, shamelessness
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  • 2The quality of being slightly indecent.

    ‘the play's cynicism and sexual indelicacy’
    count noun ‘such crude indelicacies’
    • ‘We yearned for private space to read, and we squirmed at the indelicacy of having to pee in public down tubes on the deck.’
    • ‘Innuendo is only ever really funny in a setting where direct indelicacy is inappropriate.’
    • ‘My father did not witness enough of our cousin's indelicacy to give alarm or he would have acted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Coupled with the use of her given name, Elizabeth was too flustered to think very much about the indelicacy of the situation.’