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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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Historical Examples

  • There we indecorously reposed on our backs and went stargazing in comfort.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • Not to be indecorously glad at so opportune an exit was all that could be expected from him.

    The Woman-Hater

    Charles Reade

  • It was indecorously hurried through the Commons and tossed to the Lords, at the close of the session of 1737.

  • Either the clean and decorously clad man, or the dirty and indecorously clad man.

    Tom Tiddler's Ground

    Charles Dickens

  • Thus a great part of his sermon was taken up in indecorously contending and taking issue with the king of España.

British Dictionary definitions for indecorously


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



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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