- offending against generally accepted standards of propriety or good taste; improper; vulgar: indecent jokes; indecent language; indecent behavior.
- not decent; unbecoming or unseemly: indecent haste.
Origin of indecent
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Examples from the Web for indecent
There is the smell here of an indecent rush for scapegoats, even before we know what really caused this crash.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
The problem is that being a decent person in an indecent situation is not enough, even though it may also be all you can do.The Hunger Games Economy
November 29, 2014
Mr Clifford, 70, denies 11 counts of indecent assault relating to seven alleged victims, aged from 14 to 20 between 1966 and 1984.This Just In: Max Clifford's Penis Is "Certainly Not Enormous"
March 26, 2014
Instead, Burkman asked a rhetorical question, “Do I want to enter a business of prescribing what is indecent?”
Instead, he believes “even the very practice of it is indecent.”
Have you no bounds beyond which even your indecent curiosity must not go?American Notes
No; these telegraph poles are ugly and detestable, they are inhuman and indecent.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Indecent, if you ask me, with not a petticoat under it, I'll be bound!Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Indecent exposure, etc., is due to alcohol in 75 or 80 per cent.The Sexual Question
The common but indecent practice of introducing chewed victuals into their mouth, is equally disgusting and unwholesome.
- offensive to standards of decency, esp in sexual matters
- unseemly or improper (esp in the phrase indecent haste)
Word Origin and History for indecent
1560s, "unbecoming, in bad taste," from French indécent (14c.), from Latin indecentem (nominative indecens), from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + decens (see decent). Sense of "offending against propriety" is from 1610s. Indecent assault (1861) originally covered sexual assaults other than rape or intended rape, but by 1934 it was being used as a euphemism for "rape." Related: Indecently