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[takt-lis] /ˈtækt lɪs/
lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt:
a tactless remark.
Origin of tactless
First recorded in 1840-50; tact + -less
Related forms
tactlessly, adverb
tactlessness, noun
rude, inconsiderate, thoughtless, brash, boorish. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I've no doubt Crawleigh did it as tactlessly as possible, and Barbara took it as a challenge.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna
  • It so tactlessly implied that she did not mean what she had said.

    A Prairie Courtship Harold Bindloss
  • She had a knack of behaving awkwardly and tactlessly, of saying things which she ought not to say.

    The Later Life Louis Couperus
  • The Greeks had most tactlessly hoisted huge flags but were promptly dealt with.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • The Regent had just tactlessly offended him by refusing to let him take possession of the town of Orléans.

  • Yet I always thought she might have taken him, in that flaming October, if he hadn't so flagrantly, tactlessly liked the place.

  • tactlessly critical letters published in Northern papers did not add to their popularity.

    The Sequel of Appomattox Walter Lynwood Fleming
  • The other members of the Government, while not so tactlessly hostile, were not particularly encouraging.

  • Bacon attacked dead and living worthies, tactlessly, fatuously, and unfairly.

  • She was really fine at times in her attitude towards the indiscreetly or tactlessly inquiring.

    Emily Fox-Seton Frances Hodgson Burnett
Word Origin and History for tactlessly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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