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tactless

[takt-lis]
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  1. lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt: a tactless remark.
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Origin of tactless

First recorded in 1840–50; tact + -less
Related formstact·less·ly, adverbtact·less·ness, noun

Synonyms

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rude, inconsiderate, thoughtless, brash, boorish.
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Examples from the Web for tactless

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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.

  • 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


Word Origin and History for tactless

adj.

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

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