adjective Etymology: Latin indecorus, from in- + decorus decorous Date: 1668 not decorous ; conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct or good taste • indecorously adverbindecorousness noun Synonyms: indecorous, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indelicate mean not conforming to what is accepted as right, fitting, or in good taste. indecorous suggests a violation of accepted standards of good manners <
indecorous behavior
. improper applies to a broader range of transgressions of rules not only of social behavior but of ethical practice or logical procedure or prescribed method <
improper use of campaign contributions
. unseemly adds a suggestion of special inappropriateness to a situation or an offensiveness to good taste <
remarried with unseemly haste
. unbecoming suggests behavior or language that does not suit one's character or status <
conduct unbecoming to an officer
. indelicate implies a lack of modesty or of tact or of refined perception of feeling <
indelicate expressions for bodily functions

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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