I noun bad taste, improper action, improper behavior, imprudence, inappropriate behavior, inappropriateness, incongruousness, incorrectness, indecency, indecorousness, indecorum, indelicacy, indiscretion, inelegance, inexpedience, inexpediency, inopportuneness, lack of good taste, misbehavior, peccadillo, quod indecorum est, tactlessness, unaptness, unfitness, unflttingness, unseemliness, unsuitability, unsuitable action, unsuitableness, untimeliness, want of caution, want of circumspection associated concepts: crime, violation II index bad repute, breach, delinquency (misconduct), fault (mistake), ill repute, illegality, incongruity, indecency, misapplication, misconduct, miscue, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misusage, obscenity, offense

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  • impropriety — im‧pro‧pri‧e‧ty [ˌɪmprəˈpraɪti] noun improprieties PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable] formal behaviour that is unacceptable according to moral or professional standards: • He faced allegations of impropriety over the insider trading scandal. •… …   Financial and business terms

  • Impropriety — Im pro*pri e*ty, n.; pl. {Improprieties}. [L. improprietas; cf. F. impropri[ e]t[ e]. See {Improper}.] 1. The quality of being improper; unfitness or unsuitableness to character, time place, or circumstances; as, impropriety of behavior or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impropriety — (n.) 1610s, quality or fact of being improper, from Fr. impropriété (16c.), from L. improprietas, from improprius (see IMPROPER (Cf. improper)). As improper thing, 1670s …   Etymology dictionary

  • impropriety — [n] bad taste, mistake barbarism, blunder, faux pas, gaffe, gaucherie, goof*, immodesty, impudence, incongruity, incorrectness, indecency, indecorum, inelegance, rudeness, slip*, solecism, unseemliness, unsuitability, vulgarism, vulgarity;… …   New thesaurus

  • impropriety — ► NOUN (pl. improprieties) ▪ improper behaviour or character …   English terms dictionary

  • impropriety — [im΄prō prī′ə tē] n. pl. improprieties [< MFr impropriété (or) < L improprietas: see IN 2 & PROPRIETY] 1. the quality of being improper 2. improper action or behavior 3. an improper or unacceptable use of a word or phrase (Ex.: “borrow” for …   English World dictionary

  • impropriety — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ financial, procedural (BrE, law), sexual ▪ alleged VERB + IMPROPRIETY ▪ commit ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • impropriety — UK [ˌɪmprəˈpraɪətɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms impropriety : singular impropriety plural improprieties formal behaviour that is not honest, professional, or socially acceptable Accusations of impropriety were made against senior …   English dictionary

  • impropriety — n. crass impropriety * * * [ˌɪmprə praɪətɪ] crass impropriety …   Combinatory dictionary

  • impropriety — [[t]ɪ̱mprəpra͟ɪɪti[/t]] improprieties N VAR Impropriety is improper behaviour. [FORMAL] He resigned amid allegations of financial impropriety …   English dictionary

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