Adjective "indecorous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not in keeping with good taste and propriety; improper.
  1. '‘In those days’, Hancock noted, ‘it was considered indecorous for angels of mercy to appear otherwise than gray-haired and spectacled’.'
  2. 'This robust, indecorous, and accommodating vernacular tradition was not universally hostile to the spirit or methods of Renaissance classicism: it simply took from them what it wanted and adapted it to local practice.'
  3. 'There are exceptions, which it would be indecorous, perhaps even counter-productive, to name.'
  4. 'Court society viewed the handling of money, though ever more widespread, as an indecorous gesture, which it affected to believe had not yet infiltrated the most intimate corners of its own world.'
  5. 'Their singular talents die indecorous deaths; their individuality is silently squelched under the rigid and coercive iron heel of authority.'
  6. 'I was in the audience when you missed the shift and muttered something indecorous, and really it was almost inaudible.'
  7. 'For reasons it would be indecorous to disclose, I've been more than usually preoccupied with sex and relationships this month.'
  8. 'Wild horses, however, would not persuade me to recount the precise sequence of events that led up to this happy, if somewhat indecorous, conclusion.'
  9. 'He was probably going to lecture her on her indecorous behavior and the scandal it would cause.'
  10. 'But some of the writers the regime is now grooming to take power look a lot like insurgents themselves: indecorous, sometimes indecent, not snobby about pop culture.'


1. not decorous; violating generally accepted standards of good taste or propriety; unseemly.

More examples(as adjective)

"remarks can be indecorous."

"kissings can be indecorous."

"enterprises can be indecorous."

"conditions can be indecorous."

"adventures can be indecorous."

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Late 17th century: from Latin indecorus (from in- ‘not’ + decorus ‘seemly’) + -ous.