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indelicacy

[in-del-i-kuh-see] /ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kə si/
noun, plural indelicacies for 2.
1.
the quality or condition of being indelicate.
2.
something indelicate, as language or behavior.
Origin of indelicacy
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; in-3 + delicacy
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  • As the dance went on he grew furious with her lack of reserve, her indelicacy.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • There was an indelicacy about the General's speech, to her manner of thinking.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • But they do not say anything about the immorality and the indelicacy and the indecency of doing them.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • She noticed the indelicacy of this, since he spoke in the house of his employer.

    The Readjustment Will Irwin
  • I am sure that a square muffin would be considered an indelicacy.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • Her being in the wars with men was charged against her as an indelicacy.

  • He waited for her to flame up at the indelicacy of his intrusion.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • I was shocked at her indelicacy and did not hesitate to say so.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • She felt Clare's attitude an indelicacy—the discussion a degradation.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Her fine taste recoiled from the indelicacy of the expression.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi

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