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impropriety Line breaks: im|pro¦pri|ety
Pronunciation: /ˌɪmprəˈprʌɪəti/

Definition of impropriety in English:

noun (plural improprieties)

[mass noun]
Failure to observe standards of honesty or modesty; improper behaviour or character: she was scandalized at the impropriety of the question [count noun]: 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, illegitimacy, unprofessionalism, irregularity;
indiscretion, mistake, slip, error, blunder, lapse, peccadillo
archaic trespass


Early 17th century (also in the sense 'inaccuracy'): 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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