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indelicacy

[in-del-i-kuh-see]
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noun, plural in·del·i·ca·cies for 2.
  1. the quality or condition of being indelicate.
  2. something indelicate, as language or behavior.
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Origin of indelicacy

First recorded in 1705–15; in-3 + delicacy
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Related Words for indelicacy

goof, indecency, blunder, incorrectness, vulgarity, solecism, incongruity, vulgarism, slip, rudeness, gaffe, barbarism, indecorum, impudence, gaucherie, immodesty, inelegance

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Historical Examples of indelicacy

  • As the dance went on he grew furious with her lack of reserve, her indelicacy.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland

  • There was an indelicacy about the General's speech, to her manner of thinking.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • But they do not say anything about the immorality and the indelicacy and the indecency of doing them.

  • She noticed the indelicacy of this, since he spoke in the house of his employer.

  • I am sure that a square muffin would be considered an indelicacy.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke