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impropriety Syllabification: im·pro·pri·e·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌimprəˈprīədē/

Definition of impropriety in English:

noun (plural improprieties)

A failure to observe standards or show due honesty or modesty; improper language, behavior, or character: she was scandalized at the impropriety of the question there are no demonstrable legal improprieties
More example sentences
  • With legal impropriety, the judge bullied the jury into a finding of guilty.
  • So, I read that he has been mired in accusations and allegations of corruption, sexual impropriety, and drug use.
  • Wouldn't the government have acted had it been another kind of corruption like financial impropriety or something?
wrongdoing, misconduct, dishonesty, corruption, unscrupulousness, unprofessionalism, irregularity;
unseemliness, indecorousness, indelicacy, indecency, immorality
transgression, misdemeanor, offense, misdeed, misconduct, crime;
indiscretion, mistake, peccadillo, solecism
archaic trespass


Early 17th century (also in the sense 'inaccuracy, incorrectness'): from French impropriété or Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper).

Words that rhyme with impropriety

anxiety, contrariety, dubiety, impiety, inebriety, notoriety, piety, satiety, sobriety, ubiety, variety
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