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

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

Synonyms for indelicate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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coarse, crude, or rough
offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless
Derived Formsindelicacy or indelicateness, nounindelicately, adverb
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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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