Indelicacy In*del"i*ca*cy, n.; pl. {Indelicacies}. [From {Indelicate}.] The quality of being indelicate; lack of delicacy, or of a nice sense of, or regard for, purity, propriety, or refinement in manners, language, etc.; rudeness; coarseness; also, that which is offensive to refined taste or purity of mind. [1913 Webster]

The indelicacy of English comedy. --Blair. [1913 Webster]

Your papers would be chargeable with worse than indelicacy; they would be immoral. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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