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tactless

[takt-lis] /ˈtækt lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt:
a tactless remark.
Origin of tactless
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; tact + -less
Related forms
tactlessly, adverb
tactlessness, noun
Synonyms
rude, inconsiderate, thoughtless, brash, boorish.
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  • When some tactless person tried to play tricks with the Crown.

    Sir Walter Scott George Saintsbury
  • And it was just there that the tactless waitress interrupted us so rudely.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • I believe, for a woman, I am quite unpardonably clumsy and tactless.'

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • Being in a nervous twitter to get rid of him, I suppose I was pretty abrupt and tactless.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Yes, I was still a bachelor—and probably a tactless, even a brutal, one.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • Such frankness would have been reprehensible and tactless in the extreme.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • And, as the just reply to tactlessness is truth, also tactless, he let Evelyn have it.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • "Let's go down the brook," said Neale, hastily, fearful that he had been tactless.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
Word Origin and History for tactless
adj.

1847, from tact + -less. Related: Tactlessly; tactlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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