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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. 2018.
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  • Mrs. Brereton wondered in her own mind where Maud could have got her tactlessness from.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • And, as the just reply to tactlessness is truth, also tactless, he let Evelyn have it.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • But they were used to tactlessness from Willie, and they merely winked mutually.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • It was evident that such a state of affairs portended something more serious than tactlessness or mismanagement.

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War

    Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
  • His isolating and aggressive pride engendered a tactlessness which often spoilt any chances of advancement that came his way.

  • Inaccuracy and tactlessness, however, seemed to haunt Mr Froude like evil spirits.

    Victorian Literature Clement K. Shorter
  • In the talk at table the family, with Teuton tactlessness, now and then cried out the surpassing merits of the German young man.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • Miss Ralston reproached herself for her tactlessness, and proceeded to make amends.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Talkativeness, like tactlessness, has an undeniable face value that largely disappears on inspection.

Word Origin and History for tactlessness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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