offensive to a sense of generally accepted propriety, modesty, or decency; improper, unrefined, or coarse: indelicate language.
Origin of indelicate
Related formsin·del·i·cate·ly, adverbin·del·i·cate·ness, noun
First recorded in 1735–45; in-3
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Related Words for indelicateindecorous
Examples from the Web for indelicate
Historical Examples of indelicate
Dear me, ma'am, but when nobody will know it, how can it be indelicate?
Of course it would be indelicate, if not unfeeling, to ask her about it.
"You are indelicate," said she, and though she frowned her eyes laughed.
I should never have suspected you of so indelicate an imagination.
The remonstrant of 1800 said "indelicate," of 1850 "immodest," of 1900 "impractical."
British Dictionary definitions for indelicate
Derived Formsindelicacy or indelicateness, nounindelicately, adverb
coarse, crude, or rough
offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless
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Word Origin and History for indelicate
1742, "offensive to propriety," from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + delicate. Related: Indelicately.
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