indelicate

[ in-del-i-kit ]
/ ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kɪt /

adjective

offensive to a sense of generally accepted propriety, modesty, or decency; improper, unrefined, or coarse: indelicate language.
not delicate; lacking delicacy; rough.

Nearby words

  1. indehiscence,
  2. indehiscent,
  3. indeliberate,
  4. indelible,
  5. indelicacy,
  6. indemnification,
  7. indemnify,
  8. indemnitee,
  9. indemnitor,
  10. indemnity

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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British Dictionary definitions for indelicate

indelicate

/ (ɪnˈdɛlɪkɪt) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for indelicate

indelicate

adj.

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

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