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[in-dek-er-uhs, in-di-kawr-uhs, -kohr-]
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  1. not decorous; violating generally accepted standards of good taste or propriety; unseemly.
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Origin of indecorous

From the Latin word indecōrus, dating back to 1670–80. See in-3, decorous
Related formsin·dec·o·rous·ly, adverbin·dec·o·rous·ness, noun

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Related Words for indecorous

improper, indecent, rude, uncouth, vulgar

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British Dictionary definitions for indecorous


  1. improper or ungraceful; unseemly
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Derived Formsindecorously, adverbindecorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indecorous


1670s, from Latin indecorus "unbecoming, unseemly, unsightly," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + decorus "becoming, fitting, seemly, proper" (see decorous). Related: Indecorously; indecorousness.

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