Definition of indelicacy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɛlɪkəsi/

noun (plural indelicacies)

[mass noun]
1A lack of sensitive understanding or tact: the magazine printed the photographs with manifest indelicacy for commercial ends [count noun]: diplomatic indelicacies
More example sentences
  • Apologising for the indelicacy he asks Nelly the amount involved.
  • Mr. Grantley, without any indelicacy or mention of their previous meeting, smiled at her when the customary salutations were being made.
  • Excuse my indelicacy, but how much are you worth?
impropriety, unseemliness, unbecomingness, indignity, immodesty, indecency, obscenity, indecorum, indiscretion, immorality, shamelessness;
insensitivity, tactlessness;
undesirability, unacceptability, impoliteness, discourtesy, bad taste, ill breeding, bad manners
2The quality of being slightly indecent: the play’s cynicism and sexual indelicacy [count noun]: such crude indelicacies
More example sentences
  • Coupled with the use of her given name, Elizabeth was too flustered to think very much about the indelicacy of the situation.
  • My father did not witness enough of our cousin's indelicacy to give alarm or he would have acted.
  • Innuendo is only ever really funny in a setting where direct indelicacy is inappropriate.

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