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[in-dek-er-uh s, in-di-kawr-uh s, -kohr-] /ɪnˈdɛk ər əs, ˌɪn dɪˈkɔr əs, -ˈkoʊr-/
not decorous; violating generally accepted standards of good taste or propriety; unseemly.
Origin of indecorous
1670-80; < Latin indecōrus. See in-3, decorous
Related forms
indecorously, adverb
indecorousness, noun
indecent, improper, inappropriate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for indecorous
Historical Examples
  • The indecorous Elizabethans regarded this custom almost entirely from the point of view of decorum and morality.

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
  • We cannot follow them and listen to their conversation—that would be indecorous.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • The sight struck him as indecorous in the extreme, and he turned his eyes away.

  • To make such a fuss, also, about your religion seemed to her indecorous and absurd.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The legal gentlemen, I suspect, were responsible for this indecorous zeal, which I never afterwards remarked in a similar party.

    Our Old Home, Vol. 2 Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A 65 very good showing, in these relaxed and indecorous days.

    An Idyll of All Fools' Day Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • I supposed so only, for it would have been indecorous to inquire into the meaning of what I saw.

    The American Indians Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • It would have been horrible, it would have been indecorous, to ask Kamarowsky for money.

    Marie Tarnowska Annie Vivanti
  • Wouldn't it be considered scandalous, or at least indecorous, if it were to leak out now?

  • You may be thankful it was my indecorous, unfeminine self, and not any of the proprieties.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for indecorous


improper or ungraceful; unseemly
Derived Forms
indecorously, adverb
indecorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indecorous

1670s, from Latin indecorus "unbecoming, unseemly, unsightly," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + decorus "becoming, fitting, seemly, proper" (see decorous). Related: Indecorously; indecorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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