indelicate

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

Origin of indelicate

First recorded in 1735–45; in-3 + delicate
Related formsin·del·i·cate·ly, adverbin·del·i·cate·ness, noun

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indelicate

adjective
  1. coarse, crude, or rough
  2. offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless
Derived Formsindelicacy or indelicateness, nounindelicately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indelicate
adj.

1742, "offensive to propriety," from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + delicate. Related: Indelicately.

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