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tactless

[takt-lis] /ˈtækt lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt:
a tactless remark.
Origin of tactless
1840-1850
1840-50; tact + -less
Related forms
tactlessly, adverb
tactlessness, noun
Synonyms
rude, inconsiderate, thoughtless, brash, boorish.
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  • It was a tactless thing to say, but perhaps Theodore did not remember the exact circumstances so well as Mrs. Fitzherbert.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • When some tactless person tried to play tricks with the Crown.

    Sir Walter Scott George Saintsbury
  • Harry's opening of the subject, consequently, seemed to her tactless and a trifle brutal.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • And it was just there that the tactless waitress interrupted us so rudely.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • But I wished to heaven he weren't, at that critical time, so tactless.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
  • Being in a nervous twitter to get rid of him, I suppose I was pretty abrupt and tactless.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • My mother is dead, and my father unmentionable, to save you from the agonies of a tactless question.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • "Let's go down the brook," said Neale, hastily, fearful that he had been tactless.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
Word Origin and History for tactless
adj.

1847, from tact + -less. Related: Tactlessly; tactlessness.

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