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Definition of "indelicacy" [in•del•i•ca•cy]

  • The quality or condition of being indelicate. (noun)
  • Something indelicate. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "indelicacy" in a sentence
  • "That dances having the character of religious rites were not always free from an element that we would term indelicacy, but which their performers and witnesses probably considered the commendable exuberance of zeal and devotion, is manifest from the following passage of"
  • "Without the rippling brilliancy of _The Rivals, The School for Scandal_ is better sustained in scene and colloquy; and in spite of some indelicacy, which is due to the age, the moral lesson is far more valuable."
  • "He had a sort of enamel of good humour which showed that his indelicacy was his profession; and he asked for revelations of the _vie intime_ of his victims with the bland confidence of a fashionable physician inquiring about symptoms."