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indelicate

[in-del-i-kit] /ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kɪt/
adjective
1.
offensive to a sense of generally accepted propriety, modesty, or decency; improper, unrefined, or coarse:
indelicate language.
2.
not delicate; lacking delicacy; rough.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; in-3 + delicate
Related forms
indelicately, adverb
indelicateness, noun
Synonyms
1. indecorous, untactful, gauche, rude.
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  • For an adult, getting into the rear seat means a sequence of indelicate contortions.
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British Dictionary definitions for indelicate

indelicate

/ɪnˈdɛlɪkɪt/
adjective
1.
coarse, crude, or rough
2.
offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless
Derived Forms
indelicacy, indelicateness, noun
indelicately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indelicate
adj.

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

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