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[in-di-skreet] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrit/
not discreet; lacking prudence, good judgment, or circumspection:
an indiscreet remark.
Origin of indiscreet
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English indiscret (probably < Middle French) < Latin indiscrētus undivided; see indiscrete
Related forms
indiscreetly, adverb
indiscreetness, noun
Can be confused
indiscreet, indiscrete.
imprudent, incautious, impolitic. Unabridged
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  • Is it indiscreet to ask you whether you passed your evening agreeably?

  • Imogen was not heedless and indiscreet; she would not have sacrificed the dignity of innocence.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Joseph is as greedy and as ravenous as Lucien, but not so frank or indiscreet.

  • But is there any potion which might serve as a test of overboldness and excessive and indiscreet boasting?

    Laws Plato
  • Of Charles's indiscreet escapade in the matter of Aquila nothing was said.

British Dictionary definitions for indiscreet


not discreet; imprudent or tactless
Derived Forms
indiscreetly, adverb
indiscreetness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indiscreet

"imprudent, not discrete" (early 15c.) and indiscrete "not containing distinct parts" (c.1600) are both from Latin indiscretus "unseparated; indistinguishable, not known apart," the former via an Old French or Medieval Latin secondary sense. From in- "not" (see in- (1)) + discreet. Related: Indiscreetly; indiscreetness.

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