Definition of indecorous in US English:



  • Not in keeping with good taste and propriety; improper.

    • ‘I was in the audience when you missed the shift and muttered something indecorous, and really it was almost inaudible.’
    • ‘‘In those days’, Hancock noted, ‘it was considered indecorous for angels of mercy to appear otherwise than gray-haired and spectacled’.’
    • ‘This robust, indecorous, and accommodating vernacular tradition was not universally hostile to the spirit or methods of Renaissance classicism: it simply took from them what it wanted and adapted it to local practice.’
    • ‘Cycling and painting are quite separate means of self-expression and their combination is both incongruous and indecorous.’
    • ‘They make their way to the vinyl-padded folding chairs, which let out a rather indecorous sound when they sit down.’
    • ‘First, an indecorous alphabet, which I have no idea about, other than it features descriptions of words that don't normally get written about (spicy chicken pasta, raisins, lard, creme egg).’
    • ‘Their singular talents die indecorous deaths; their individuality is silently squelched under the rigid and coercive iron heel of authority.’
    • ‘I take this less as a mandate for medieval masochism than an indecorous call to embrace our own authentic experience.’
    • ‘In Italy, Spain and France it is considered indecorous to reveal too much skin anywhere but in the water.’
    • ‘For reasons it would be indecorous to disclose, I've been more than usually preoccupied with sex and relationships this month.’
    • ‘But some of the writers the regime is now grooming to take power look a lot like insurgents themselves: indecorous, sometimes indecent, not snobby about pop culture.’
    • ‘Wild horses, however, would not persuade me to recount the precise sequence of events that led up to this happy, if somewhat indecorous, conclusion.’
    • ‘He was probably going to lecture her on her indecorous behavior and the scandal it would cause.’
    • ‘Court society viewed the handling of money, though ever more widespread, as an indecorous gesture, which it affected to believe had not yet infiltrated the most intimate corners of its own world.’
    • ‘The British press has been atypically lenient in its review of his atrociously indecorous behaviour.’
    • ‘There are exceptions, which it would be indecorous, perhaps even counter-productive, to name.’
    • ‘This woman's behavior is indecorous and unprofessional, and when an employee is ‘scared to death,’ it is probably harassment.’
    • ‘‘By venting such indecorous spleen, some might consider that I am indulging in the ‘politics of envy’, as it is called.’
    • ‘Too intimate a portrayal of a virtuous Spanish woman was considered indecorous, and perhaps being portrayed itself was perceived as contributing to vanity.’
    • ‘The shameless individual does not feel that painful emotion that arises out of the consciousness of something dishonourable, ridiculous, or indecorous in his/her conduct.’
    improper, unseemly, unbecoming, undignified, immodest, indecent, indelicate, indiscreet, immoral, shameless, loose, wanton, unvirtuous
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Late 17th century: from Latin indecorus (from in- ‘not’ + decorus ‘seemly’) + -ous.