Definition of Indelicacy

1. Noun. The trait of being indelicate and offensive.

Generic synonyms: Improperness, Impropriety
Specialized synonyms: Gaminess, Raciness, Ribaldry, Spiciness



2. Noun. An impolite act or expression.

Definition of Indelicacy

1. n. The quality of being indelicate; want of delicacy, or of a nice sense of, or regard for, purity, propriety, or refinement in manners, language, etc.; rudeness; coarseness; also, that which is offensive to refined taste or purity of mind.

Definition of Indelicacy

1. Noun. The condition of being indelicate ¹

2. Noun. An indelicate act or statement ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Indelicacy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Indelicacy

indehiscence
indehiscences
indehiscent
indel
indelable
indelectable
indeliberate
indeliberated
indeliberately
indelibilities
indelibility
indelible
indelible ink
indelibly
indelicacies
indelicacy (current term)
indelicate
indelicately
indelicateness
indeloxazine
indels
indelve
indemnifications
indemnified
indemnifier
indemnifiers
indemnifies
indemnify
indemnifying

Literary usage of Indelicacy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of English Humour: With an Introduction Upon Ancient Humour by Alfred Guy L'Estrange (1878)
"Sterne — His Versatility — Dramatic Form — indelicacy — Sentiment and Geniality ... TERNE exceeded Smollett* in indelicacy as much as in humorous talent. ..."

2. The Miscellaneous Works of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh: Three by James Mackintosh (1848)
"... indelicacy, and at the same lime ascribe to them, in the restoration of the Icon, a singular instance of somewhat wanton generosity. hand in the ..."

3. The Pamphleteer by Abraham John Valpy (1827)
"The degree of abasement is of course proportioned to the extent of the indelicacy suffered. Experience fully supports this doctrine. ..."

4. Letters and Other Writings of James Madison by James Madison (1865)
"In assuming a guardianship of our character in Europe, he committed, to say the least, a marked indelicacy; and his avowed resort to the press as the medium ..."

5. The British World in the East: A Guide Historical, Moral, and Commercial, to by Leitch Ritchie (1846)
"Much has been written of the indelicacy of the Hindoo ladies, who in conversation are said to have pronounced and listened to words which would shock the ..."

6. The Verbalist: A Manual Devoted to Brief Discussions of the Right and Wrong by Alfred Ayres (1882)
"... but more than indelicacy" It is indecent for a man to marry again very soon after the death of his wife. It is indelicate for any one to obtrude himself ..."

7. Biographical and Critical Essays: Reprinted from Reviews, with Additions and by Abraham Hayward (1873)
"... they were too often stained by profanity and indelicacy. The Voltairean spirit was widely diffused; and there are many anecdotes in the original letters ..."

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