impropriety


noun, plural im·pro·pri·e·ties for 4, 5.

  1. the quality or condition of being improper; incorrectness.
  2. inappropriateness; unsuitableness.
  3. unseemliness; indecorousness.
  4. an erroneous or unsuitable expression, act, etc.
  5. an improper use of a word or phrase.

noun plural -ties

  1. lack of propriety; indecency; indecorum
  2. an improper act or use
  3. the state of being improper
n.

1610s, “quality or fact of being improper,” from French impropriété (16c.), from Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper). As “improper thing,” 1670s.

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