[in-dee-suh n-see]

noun, plural in·de·cen·cies for 4.

the quality or condition of being indecent.
impropriety or immodesty.
obscenity or indelicacy.
an indecent act, remark, etc.

Origin of indecency

From the Latin word indecentia, dating back to 1580–90. See indecent, -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indecency

Contemporary Examples of indecency

Historical Examples of indecency

  • It is not indecency; it is simply an animal absence of modesty.

    The Negro Farmer

    Carl Kelsey

  • Somehow I had a sense that she was conscious of the indecency of this.

    The Patagonia

    Henry James

  • No matter where it may be drawn, decency is close to it on one side and indecency on the other.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Out of this has come the notion of what is obscene, as the extreme of indecency and impropriety.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Indeed the Chinese religions are said to be hostile to indecency.


    William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for indecency


noun plural -cies

the state or quality of being indecent
an indecent act, etc
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Word Origin and History for indecency

1580s, from Latin indecentia "unseemliness, impropriety," noun of quality from indecentem (see indecent).

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