Word of the Day: impropriety

im·pro·pri·e·ty noun \ˌim-p(r)ə-ˈprī-ə-tē\

: rude or immoral behavior : improper behavior

: a rude or improper quality

: a wrong or immoral act : an improper act

plural im·pro·pri·e·ties

Full Definition of IMPROPRIETY
1:  an improper or indecorous act or remark; especially:  an unacceptable use of a word or of language
2:  the quality or state of being improper


He has a reputation for impropriety.

  1. The judge excused herself from the case to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
  2. She was shocked by the young man’s impropriety.
  3. She was shocked by the impropriety of his behavior.
  4. He has been accused of financial improprieties.


French or Late Latin; French impropriété, from Late Latin improprietat-, improprietas, from Latin improprius

First Known Use: 1607

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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