Definition of indiscretion in English:



  • [mass noun] Behaviour or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good judgement.

    ‘he knew himself all too prone to indiscretion’
    [count noun] ‘sexual indiscretions’
    • ‘Our politicians, rather than be themselves, have to hide and cover up any indiscretion of any sort because of the hounding they will get.’
    • ‘But should we judge the man simply on this indiscretion?’
    • ‘Had it not been for my indiscretion, or intended indiscretion, Gerald wouldn't be in this predicament right now.’
    • ‘He generally seized his chances but is well aware a moment of indiscretion let points slip away at the US Grand Prix.’
    • ‘Yet he had been the model of indiscretion all around London for years.’
    • ‘In the match programme yesterday he apologised for that indiscretion and claimed he was ‘under severe pressure’ at the time.’
    • ‘In case of divorce, it's common to draw up a contract in advance, so why not in case of sexual indiscretion?’
    • ‘Where there is indiscretion we have got to be dealing with it.’
    • ‘Did not every white family dread that one day some indiscretion with a non-white might come back to haunt their lineage with a coloured child?’
    • ‘Today, with the publication of the independent investigators' report, the bank is expected to pay for that indiscretion.’
    • ‘An indiscretion or mistake committed by the press should be examined first as to whether it was free of malice or an intentional action, he said.’
    • ‘The very first package trip was not a search for sun, sea and indiscretion but a quarterly delegate meeting of the local temperance association.’
    • ‘But the Hollywood golden boy's star appears to have slipped with the revelation of his latest indiscretion.’
    • ‘Many US field officers were candid to the point of indiscretion.’
    • ‘He's brave, full of youthful indiscretion, but inevitably damaged by his childhood in a totalitarian state.’
    • ‘The Profumo scandal showed that some acts of indiscretion and immorality would not be overlooked.’
    • ‘The home side's resolve refused to cower, although their way back into the game came from an opponent's indiscretion rather than their own invention.’
    • ‘Her excessive libido and debauched lifestyle are now discussed with unprecedented enthusiasm and indiscretion.’
    • ‘I still haven't told my girlfriend about our little indiscretion.’
    • ‘However, the overall suggestion is that indiscretion is seen as the biggest crime in the royal family.’
    imprudence, injudiciousness, lack of caution, incaution, irresponsibility
    blunder, lapse, gaffe, mistake, error, breach of etiquette, slip, miscalculation, impropriety
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Middle English: from late Latin indiscretio(n-), from in- (expressing negation) + discretio separation (in late Latin discernment), from discernere separate out, discern.