- offensive to a sense of generally accepted propriety, modesty, or decency; improper, unrefined, or coarse: indelicate language.
- not delicate; lacking delicacy; rough.
Origin of indelicate
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1. indecorous, untactful, gauche, rude.
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Examples from the Web for indelicate
Dear me, ma'am, but when nobody will know it, how can it be indelicate?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Of course it would be indelicate, if not unfeeling, to ask her about it.
"You are indelicate," said she, and though she frowned her eyes laughed.
I should never have suspected you of so indelicate an imagination.
The remonstrant of 1800 said "indelicate," of 1850 "immodest," of 1900 "impractical."
- coarse, crude, or rough
- offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless
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Word Origin and History for indelicate
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