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Indelicacy   Listen

(pl. indelicacies)
The trait of being indelicate and offensive.
An impolite act or expression.

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"Indelicacy" Quotes from Famous Books

... awaited him and counted him into everything one most loved and lived for. He lighted up one whole side of the globe, and was in himself a whole province of one's imagination. We are smaller fry and meaner people without him. I feel as if there were a certain indelicacy in saying it to you, save that I know that there is nothing narrow or selfish in your sense of loss—for himself, however, for his happy name and his great visible good fortune, it strikes one as another matter. I mean ...
— The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson • Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez

... bravery, although she felt that there was a sort of indelicacy and naive grossness ...
— The Public vs. M. Gustave Flaubert • Various

... his fame with brutal indelicacy, growing more and more irritated at her coldness, displaying his renown like a mantle of light that should blind women and make them fall at his feet. And a man like him had to submit to being put off for that simpleton ...
— Woman Triumphant - (La Maja Desnuda) • Vicente Blasco Ibanez

... being. The barriers today between the smoking room and the drawing room are shadowy things, and she knew very well that he was held in a somewhat curious respect by men, as a person to whom it was impossible to tell a story in which there was any shadow of indelicacy. The ways of the so-called man of world seemed in his presence as though they must be the ways of some creature of a different and a lower stage of existence. A young man whom he had once corrected had christened him, ...
— The Illustrious Prince • E. Phillips Oppenheim

Words linked to "Indelicacy" :   impropriety, improperness, ribaldry, spiciness, offense, gaminess, offensive activity, offence, discourtesy, raciness

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