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 improprietiesMore example sentences
wrongdoing, misconduct, dishonesty, corruption, unscrupulousness, illegitimacy, unprofessionalism, irregularity; inappropriateness; unseemliness, indecorousness, indiscretion, indelicacy, injudiciousness, indecency, immorality, unwholesomeness, immodesty, indecorum, bad taste, impolitenesstransgression, misdemeanour, offence, misdeed, improper act, sin, crime, felony; indiscretion, mistake, slip, error, blunder, lapse, peccadillo• archaic trespass
- 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?
early 17th century (also in the sense 'inaccuracy'): from French impropriété or Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper).