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[in-dee-suh n-see] /ɪnˈdi sən si/
noun, plural indecencies for 4.
the quality or condition of being indecent.
impropriety or immodesty.
obscenity or indelicacy.
an indecent act, remark, etc.
Origin of indecency
From the Latin word indecentia, dating back to 1580-90. See indecent, -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Out of this has come the notion of what is obscene, as the extreme of indecency and impropriety.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • No matter where it may be drawn, decency is close to it on one side and indecency on the other.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Finally comes the indecency of word and gesture, which is a distinct element in the rite.

  • Indeed the Chinese religions are said to be hostile to indecency.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The indecency of the whole place struck Mrs. Chailey forcibly.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
British Dictionary definitions for indecency


noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being indecent
an indecent act, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indecency

1580s, from Latin indecentia "unseemliness, impropriety," noun of quality from indecentem (see indecent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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