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’
    • ‘Had it not been for my indiscretion, or intended indiscretion, Gerald wouldn't be in this predicament right now.’
    • ‘Where there is indiscretion we have got to be dealing with it.’
    • ‘But the Hollywood golden boy's star appears to have slipped with the revelation of his latest indiscretion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the match programme yesterday he apologised for that indiscretion and claimed he was ‘under severe pressure’ at the time.’
    • ‘He generally seized his chances but is well aware a moment of indiscretion let points slip away at the US Grand Prix.’
    • ‘Today, with the publication of the independent investigators' report, the bank is expected to pay for that indiscretion.’
    • ‘Yet he had been the model of indiscretion all around London for years.’
    • ‘Her excessive libido and debauched lifestyle are now discussed with unprecedented enthusiasm and indiscretion.’
    • ‘Our politicians, rather than be themselves, have to hide and cover up any indiscretion of any sort because of the hounding they will get.’
    • ‘I still haven't told my girlfriend about our little 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.’
    • ‘But should we judge the man simply on this 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.’
    • ‘In case of divorce, it's common to draw up a contract in advance, so why not in case of sexual indiscretion?’
    • ‘The very first package trip was not a search for sun, sea and indiscretion but a quarterly delegate meeting of the local temperance association.’
    • ‘However, the overall suggestion is that indiscretion is seen as the biggest crime in the royal family.’
    • ‘Many US field officers were candid to the point of indiscretion.’
    • ‘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?’
    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’.