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indelicate

[ in-del-i-kit ]
/ ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kɪt /
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adjective
offensive to a sense of generally accepted propriety, modesty, or decency; improper, unrefined, or coarse: indelicate language.
not delicate; lacking delicacy; rough.
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Origin of indelicate

First recorded in 1735–45; in-3 + delicate

OTHER WORDS FROM indelicate

in·del·i·cate·ly, adverbin·del·i·cate·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for indelicate

indelicate
/ (ɪnˈdɛlɪkɪt) /

adjective
coarse, crude, or rough
offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless

Derived forms of indelicate

indelicacy or indelicateness, nounindelicately, adverb
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