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’
    • ‘But at no time whatsoever have I ever acted dishonestly or with conscious impropriety.’
    • ‘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 High Court found no impropriety or illegality in her dismissal.’
    • ‘There are no allegations of impropriety against any other individual.’
    • ‘There should be no lingering questions, let alone any whiff of impropriety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think that so many of these contributions create the impression of impropriety and it taints all of us.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs' allegations against the defendant involve those of serious wrongdoing and impropriety.’
    • ‘You can see how the slightest impropriety would be pounced on as grounds for derision and exclusion.’
    • ‘The witness said he was not aware of any hint of anything improper or any impropriety in the granting of the licence.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that everyone involved in these cushy deals denies any impropriety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The appearance of impropriety is not the same thing as impropriety and the two should not be confused.’
    • ‘So, I read that he has been mired in accusations and allegations of corruption, sexual impropriety, and drug use.’
    • ‘I think as the editorial in The Courier Mail said on Saturday, there have been veiled suggestions of impropriety.’
    • ‘None of the allegations related to financial impropriety or wilful misconduct.’
    • ‘Wouldn't the government have acted had it been another kind of corruption like financial impropriety or something?’
    • ‘In this case there was no impropriety by the defendants in the conduct of the litigation.’
    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/