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[in-di-skreet] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrit/
not discreet; lacking prudence, good judgment, or circumspection:
an indiscreet remark.
Origin of indiscreet
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English indiscret (probably < Middle French) < Latin indiscrētus undivided; see indiscrete
Related forms
indiscreetly, adverb
indiscreetness, noun
Can be confused
indiscreet, indiscrete.
imprudent, incautious, impolitic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indiscreet
  • In general he's indiscreet with salt, though you never know.
  • Much of this book contains previously unheard and highly indiscreet quotations.
  • indiscreet old partners will be eager to tell the writer how it really was in the early days.
  • The indiscreet fertilizer subsidy damaged the farms and politics both.
  • Still, humans can be as unforgiving as they can be indiscreet.
  • Please note how, in relating such a dream interpretation, one must of necessity become indiscreet.
  • He was indefatigable, breezy, and deliberately indiscreet.
  • indiscreet or excessive austerities always displeased him.
  • Each facility will have prohibitions against indiscreet or otherwise unsafe attire.
  • Above all, never become involved with persons who are sincere but indiscreet.
British Dictionary definitions for indiscreet


not discreet; imprudent or tactless
Derived Forms
indiscreetly, adverb
indiscreetness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indiscreet

"imprudent, not discrete" (early 15c.) and indiscrete "not containing distinct parts" (c.1600) are both from Latin indiscretus "unseparated; indistinguishable, not known apart," the former via an Old French or Medieval Latin secondary sense. From in- "not" (see in- (1)) + discreet. Related: Indiscreetly; indiscreetness.

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