Definition of indiscretion in English:


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


[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.
imprudence, injudiciousness, lack of caution, incaution, irresponsibility; carelessness, rashness, unwariness, haste, recklessness, precipitateness, impulsiveness, foolhardiness, foolishness, folly, poor judgement, short-sightedness; indelicacy, tactlessness, lack of diplomacy, insensitivityblunder, lapse, gaffe, mistake, error, breach of etiquette, slip, miscalculation, impropriety; misdemeanour, transgression, peccadillo, offence, misdeed, crime, felony, sin; (indiscretions)wrongdoing, misconduct, mischief, mischievousness, wickedness, misbehaviour, bad behaviour; Frenchfaux pas
informal slip-up
archaic trespass


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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