indelicateness

indelicate

[in-del-i-kit]
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:
1735–45; in-3 + delicate

indelicately, adverb
indelicateness, noun


1. indecorous, untactful, gauche, rude.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To indelicateness
Collins
World English Dictionary
indelicate (ɪnˈdɛlɪkɪt)
 
adj
1.  coarse, crude, or rough
2.  offensive, embarrassing, or tasteless
 
in'delicacy
 
n
 
in'delicateness
 
n
 
in'delicately
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

indelicate
1742, "offensive to propriety," from in- "not" + delicate (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;