impropriety

[ im-pruh-prahy-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪm prəˈpraɪ ɪ ti /

noun, plural im·pro·pri·e·ties for 4, 5.

the quality or condition of being improper; incorrectness.
inappropriateness; unsuitableness.
unseemliness; indecorousness.
an erroneous or unsuitable expression, act, etc.
an improper use of a word or phrase.

Nearby words

  1. improper,
  2. improper fraction,
  3. improper integral,
  4. improperia,
  5. impropriate,
  6. improv,
  7. improve,
  8. improve on,
  9. improvement,
  10. improver

Origin of impropriety

From the Late Latin word improprietās, dating back to 1605–15. See im-2, propriety

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British Dictionary definitions for impropriety

impropriety

/ (ˌɪmprəˈpraɪɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

lack of propriety; indecency; indecorum
an improper act or use
the state of being improper
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Word Origin and History for impropriety

impropriety

n.

1610s, "quality or fact of being improper," from French impropriété (16c.), from Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper). As "improper thing," 1670s.

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