Definition of impropriety in English:

impropriety

noun

  • A failure to observe standards or show due honesty or modesty; improper language, behavior, or character.

    ‘she was scandalized at the impropriety of the question’
    ‘there are no demonstrable legal improprieties’
    • ‘I think that so many of these contributions create the impression of impropriety and it taints all of us.’
    • ‘The witness said he was not aware of any hint of anything improper or any impropriety in the granting of the licence.’
    • ‘Although none of this indicates any form of impropriety, it does illustrate the scale of the market and why many international investors are wary of it.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that everyone involved in these cushy deals denies any impropriety.’
    • ‘You can see how the slightest impropriety would be pounced on as grounds for derision and exclusion.’
    • ‘Wouldn't the government have acted had it been another kind of corruption like financial impropriety or something?’
    • ‘None of the allegations related to financial impropriety or wilful misconduct.’
    • ‘In this case there was no impropriety by the defendants in the conduct of the litigation.’
    • ‘There are no allegations of impropriety against any other individual.’
    • ‘There should be no lingering questions, let alone any whiff of impropriety.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs' allegations against the defendant involve those of serious wrongdoing and impropriety.’
    • ‘But at no time whatsoever have I ever acted dishonestly or with conscious impropriety.’
    • ‘The High Court found no impropriety or illegality in her dismissal.’
    • ‘With legal impropriety, the judge bullied the jury into a finding of guilty.’
    • ‘She seemed to have gentlemen admirers, though no impropriety was ever established.’
    • ‘I think as the editorial in The Courier Mail said on Saturday, there have been veiled suggestions of impropriety.’
    • ‘So, I read that he has been mired in accusations and allegations of corruption, sexual impropriety, and drug use.’
    • ‘Rumours of financial impropriety began swirling around the association in the fall of 2003.’
    • ‘The activist, whose daughter was a presiding officer for one polling station, has strenuously denied any impropriety.’
    • ‘The appearance of impropriety is not the same thing as impropriety and the two should not be confused.’
    wrongdoing, misconduct, dishonesty, corruption, unscrupulousness, illegitimacy, unprofessionalism, irregularity
    transgression, misdemeanour, offence, misdeed, improper act, sin, crime, felony
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Origin

Early 17th century (also in the sense ‘inaccuracy’): from French impropriété or Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper).

Pronunciation

impropriety

/ˌimprəˈprīədē//ˌɪmprəˈpraɪədi/