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[in-dee-suh n-see] /ɪnˈdi sən si/
noun, plural indecencies for 4.
the quality or condition of being indecent.
impropriety or immodesty.
obscenity or indelicacy.
an indecent act, remark, etc.
Origin of indecency
1580-90; < Latin indecentia. See indecent, -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Out of this has come the notion of what is obscene, as the extreme of indecency and impropriety.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It is not indecency; it is simply an animal absence of modesty.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • Finally comes the indecency of word and gesture, which is a distinct element in the rite.

  • No matter where it may be drawn, decency is close to it on one side and indecency on the other.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The indecency of the whole place struck Mrs. Chailey forcibly.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
British Dictionary definitions for indecency


noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being indecent
an indecent act, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indecency

1580s, from Latin indecentia "unseemliness, impropriety," noun of quality from indecentem (see indecent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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