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indiscretion

[in-di-skresh-uh n] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrɛʃ ən/
noun
1.
lack of discretion; imprudence.
2.
an indiscreet act, remark, etc.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin indiscrētiōn- (stem of indiscrētiō). See in-3, discretion
Related forms
indiscretionary, adjective
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  • It was by the indiscretion of the veteran showman that an account of this banquet strayed into the public prints.
  • To look at him, you would think he had never committed an indiscretion worse than overtime parking.
  • Preparing journalists to cover the presidential campaign these days is also an exercise in indiscretion management.
  • There the swells would sip martinis, intone the odd witticism or inanity and occasionally commit some headline indiscretion.
  • In improper behaviour, indiscretion is an aggravating factor.
  • And no matter what some people might suggest, riding without a helmet isn't a victimless indiscretion.
  • Yet, it only takes one or two incidents of indiscretion or poor judgment to bring our well-earned position of trust into question.
  • Don't impose restrictions on me because of her unfortunate indiscretion.
  • Applicant's use of drugs in the early seventies can certainly be attributed to youthful indiscretion.
  • Her program is forgiving, so even when she spends time with the bad boys, she can make up the indiscretion elsewhere in her diet.
British Dictionary definitions for indiscretion

indiscretion

/ˌɪndɪˈskrɛʃən/
noun
1.
the characteristic or state of being indiscreet
2.
an indiscreet act, remark, etc
Derived Forms
indiscretionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for indiscretion
n.

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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