- offensive to a sense of generally accepted propriety, modesty, or decency; improper, unrefined, or coarse: indelicate language.
- not delicate; lacking delicacy; rough.
Origin of indelicate
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Related Words for indelicateindecorous, base, brash, callow, coarse, crude, earthy, embarrassing, immodest, improper, indecent, lewd, low, off-color, offensive, outrageous, rude, suggestive, tasteless, unbecoming
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Historical Examples of indelicate
Dear me, ma'am, but when nobody will know it, how can it be indelicate?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
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."
- coarse, crude, or rough
- offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless