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[in-di-skresh-uh n] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrɛʃ ən/
lack of discretion; imprudence.
an indiscreet act, remark, etc.
Origin of indiscretion
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin indiscrētiōn- (stem of indiscrētiō). See in-3, discretion
Related forms
indiscretionary, adjective Unabridged
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  • It dropped abruptly as though the speaker had suddenly recollected himself and was conscious of having committed an indiscretion.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • "But he told me——" she began, then became aware of her indiscretion, and checked herself.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His indiscretion did very little harm, and his naïve self‑revelation only made him the more lovable to those who knew him well.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • To make up for his indiscretion, K. suggested a descent to the river.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He was much annoyed over my indiscretion; but he resumed his work.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Still, it was impossible not to forgive Monny her indiscretion.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for indiscretion


the characteristic or state of being indiscreet
an indiscreet act, remark, etc
Derived Forms
indiscretionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for indiscretion

mid-14c., "want of discretion," from Old French indiscrécion "foolishness, imprudence" (12c.), from Late Latin indiscretionem (nominative indiscretio) "lack of discernment," from in- (see in- (1)) + discretionem (see discretion). Meaning "indiscreet act" is from c.1600.

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