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indecorum

Syllabification: in·de·co·rum
Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈkôrəm
 
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Definition of indecorum in English:

noun

Failure to conform to good taste, propriety, or etiquette.
Example sentences
  • Although many of his close associates were censored for indecorum in their religious writings, Titian's paintings were never so criticized, but rather lauded and imitated.
  • An act of public indecorum is also a breach of the peace.
  • Being one who still remembers Detroit walking off after losing and being poor sportsmen, and recognizing that they were different players then, I've never forgotten that act of indecorum.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting an indecorous act): from Latin, neuter of indecorus 'not seemly'.

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