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impropriety

[im-pruh-prahy-i-tee] /ˌɪm prəˈpraɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural improprieties for 4, 5.
1.
the quality or condition of being improper; incorrectness.
2.
inappropriateness; unsuitableness.
3.
unseemliness; indecorousness.
4.
an erroneous or unsuitable expression, act, etc.
5.
an improper use of a word or phrase.
Origin of impropriety
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin improprietās. See im-2, propriety
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impropriety

/ˌɪmprəˈpraɪɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
lack of propriety; indecency; indecorum
2.
an improper act or use
3.
the state of being improper
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Word Origin and History for impropriety
n.

1610s, "quality or fact of being improper," from French impropriété (16c.), from Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper). As "improper thing," 1670s.

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