Definition of indiscretion in US English:



  • Behavior or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good judgment.

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