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indiscretion Line breaks: in|dis|cre¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪndɪˈskrɛʃ(ə)n/

Definition of indiscretion in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Behaviour or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good judgement: he knew himself all too prone to indiscretion [count noun]: sexual indiscretions
More example sentences
  • In case of divorce, it's common to draw up a contract in advance, so why not in case of sexual indiscretion?
  • An indiscretion or mistake committed by the press should be examined first as to whether it was free of malice or an intentional action, he said.
  • Had it not been for my indiscretion, or intended indiscretion, Gerald wouldn't be in this predicament right now.
Synonyms
carelessness, rashness, unwariness, haste, recklessness, precipitateness, impulsiveness, foolhardiness, foolishness, folly, poor judgement, short-sightedness;
indelicacy, tactlessness, lack of diplomacy, insensitivity
blunder, lapse, gaffe, mistake, error, breach of etiquette, slip, miscalculation, impropriety;
(indiscretions)wrongdoing, misconduct, mischief, mischievousness, wickedness, misbehaviour, bad behaviour;
Frenchfaux pas
informalslip-up
archaictrespass

Origin

Middle English: from late Latin indiscretio(n-), from in- (expressing negation) + discretio 'separation' (in late Latin 'discernment'), from discernere 'separate out, discern'.

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