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indiscretion

[in-di-skresh-uh n] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrɛʃ ən/
noun
1.
lack of discretion; imprudence.
2.
an indiscreet act, remark, etc.
Origin of indiscretion
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin indiscrētiōn- (stem of indiscrētiō). See in-3, discretion
Related forms
indiscretionary, adjective
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  • It dropped abruptly as though the speaker had suddenly recollected himself and was conscious of having committed an indiscretion.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • Ought she to repine at the fruit of her own indiscretion and folly?

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • His indiscretion did very little harm, and his naïve self‑revelation only made him the more lovable to those who knew him well.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Has any man wasted all his property, or ended in debt by indiscretion and misconduct?

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • He was much annoyed over my indiscretion; but he resumed his work.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • I deeply regret my indiscretion, though it was for his sake.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for indiscretion

indiscretion

/ˌɪndɪˈskrɛʃən/
noun
1.
the characteristic or state of being indiscreet
2.
an indiscreet act, remark, etc
Derived Forms
indiscretionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for indiscretion
n.

mid-14c., "want of discretion," from Old French indiscrécion "foolishness, imprudence" (12c.), from Late Latin indiscretionem (nominative indiscretio) "lack of discernment," from in- (see in- (1)) + discretionem (see discretion). Meaning "indiscreet act" is from c.1600.

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