Definition of indecency in English:



  • 1Indecent behavior.

    ‘a law governing indecency on cable television’
    • ‘The term gross indecency was not statutorily defined and was to be given meaning by courts on the particular facts of each case.’
    • ‘That case, in combination with the more recent controversy, shows why it's time to get rid of broadcast indecency law forever.’
    • ‘Does this display run afoul of public indecency laws?’
    • ‘His defence was a complete denial of any indecency.’
    • ‘Keith was convicted of five gross indecency and three indecent assault charges at Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday.’
    • ‘The charges against them include public indecency, inappropriate behaviour, behaviour to the detriment of military discipline and assault.’
    • ‘Through our bad parenting, which sets wrong examples, we have institutionalized insensitivity and indecency and made them virtues.’
    • ‘It was unclear exactly how he would go about further criminalizing the indecency statutes.’
    • ‘In the light of this provision, we do not accept that H has grounds for contesting the element of indecency in his conviction.’
    • ‘The reason that some senators want indecency to stay on the air is because they themselves are indecent.’
    • ‘The case concerned a headmaster who was charged with gross indecency.’
    • ‘The commission has proposed no indecency fines during his five months in the chair.’
    • ‘Now, in terms of the broadcast indecency standard here, we are talking about viewpoints, opinions on various subjects.’
    • ‘Ward will be charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour, public indecency and public intoxication at the Calgary courthouse on Monday.’
    • ‘It seems to us that the suggestion that there should be separate trials of the rape and indecency charges in the present case was simply unrealistic.’
    • ‘In 1967, he was convicted of gross indecency by Weymouth magistrates.’
    • ‘Congress is looking at reforming indecency laws to be much tougher on transgressors.’
    • ‘In a few videotaped moments, the yobs commit at least three offences: public indecency, trespass and burglary.’
    • ‘He talks about the need to bring indecency laws that now cover broadcast TV to make sure they cover cable TV as well.’
    • ‘His celebratory streak ended with arrest by police for indecency.’
    indecent behaviour, gross indecency, pornography
    obscenity, rudeness, coarseness, dirtiness, smuttiness, vulgarity, grossness, crudity, crudeness, bawdiness, lewdness, raciness, salaciousness, wickedness, impropriety, indelicacy, unseemliness, impurity, ribaldry, lasciviousness, licentiousness
    prurience, profanity, foulness, vileness
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    1. 1.1An indecent act, gesture, or expression.
      • ‘Still, they thought this tradition was full of lies and indecencies.’
      • ‘There are quite serious penalties imposed on people who commits offences in relation to dead bodies ranging from unlawful burials through to indecencies or indignities to human remains.’
      • ‘The old lady has her hand over her mouth like I have just spoken an indecency (which I guess I did).’
      • ‘They do not get into a taxi to be forced to commit indecencies on the taxi-driver.’
      • ‘In despair, many seem to have passively thrown up their hands and resigned themselves to observation of these despicable indecencies as they pass by.’
      • ‘And those who shun the great sins and indecencies, and whenever they are angry, they forgive.’
      • ‘The verses of the Sura, up to here, have referred to the indecencies in brief.’
      • ‘In the wake of the Civil War, African Americans sought out spouses and family members torn from them by the indecencies of slavery.’
      • ‘In 1993, any reasonable facsimile of civilization would have had me committing indecencies with the bus station tarmac.’
      • ‘Sun worshippers at Jomtien Beach this week were disturbed from doing the crossword after a man was observed shouting indecencies from behind an umbrella.’
      • ‘In Islam, nudity is an indecency which can never be tolerated by the Islamic Haya.’
      • ‘Now I have someone else to talk to besides Melinda about the indecencies of money in the modern world.’