Indelicate

  • 1 Indelicate — In*del i*cate, a. [Pref. in not + delicate: cf. F. ind[ e]licat.] Not delicate; wanting delicacy; offensive to good manners, or to purity of mind; coarse; rude; as, an indelicate word or suggestion; indelicate behavior. Macaulay. {In*del… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 indelicate — index blatant (obtrusive), disreputable, gross (flagrant), improper, inelegant, lewd, licentious …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 indelicate — (adj.) 1742, offensive to propriety, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + DELICATE (Cf. delicate). Related: Indelicately …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 indelicate — indecent, unseemly, improper, indecorous, unbecoming Analogous words: *coarse, gross, vulgar, obscene: *rude, rough, crude, callow, uncouth: lewd, wanton (see LICENTIOUS) Antonyms: delicate, refined Contrasted words: pure, modest, *chaste, decent …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 indelicate — [adj] obscene, vulgar base, brash, brutish, callow, coarse, crude, earthy, embarrassing, immodest, improper, indecent, indecorous, lewd, low, lowbred, off color*, offensive, outrageous, risqué, rude, suggestive, tasteless, unbecoming, unblushing …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 indelicate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking sensitive understanding or tact. 2) slightly indecent. DERIVATIVES indelicacy noun indelicately adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 indelicate — [in del′i kit] adj. not delicate; coarse; crude; rough; esp., lacking, or offensive to, propriety or modesty; gross SYN. COARSE, IMPROPER indelicately adv. indelicateness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 indélicate — ● indélicat, indélicate adjectif Qui n est pas délicat dans ses sentiments, ses manières, qui est fait ou dit sans délicatesse, qui manque aux bons usages : Un procédé indélicat. Qui est malhonnête, témoigne de malhonnêteté : Renvoyer un employé… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 9 indelicate — [[t]ɪnde̱lɪkət[/t]] ADJ GRADED If something or someone is indelicate, they are rude or embarrassing. [FORMAL] She really could not touch upon such an indelicate subject …

    English dictionary

  • 10 indelicate — adjective 1) an indelicate question Syn: insensitive, tactless, inconsiderate, undiplomatic, impolitic Ant: tactful 2) an indelicate sense of humor Syn: vulgar, rude …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 indelicate — indelicately, adv. indelicateness, n. /in del i kit/, adj. 1. offensive to a sense of generally accepted propriety, modesty, or decency; improper, unrefined, or coarse: indelicate language. 2. not delicate; lacking delicacy; rough. [1735 45; IN 3 …

    Universalium

  • 12 indelicate — in|del|i|cate [ınˈdelıkıt] adj formal likely to embarrass or shock people = ↑rude ▪ an indelicate comment >indelicacy n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 indelicate — adjective likely to embarrass or shock people: He made an indelicate remark at the dinner table. indelicately adverb indelicacy noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 indelicate — in•del•i•cate [[t]ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kɪt[/t]] adj. 1) rather offensive to propriety or decency; improper: indelicate language[/ex] 2) lacking sensitivity; tactless …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 indelicate — adjective Date: 1742 not delicate: a. (1) lacking in or offending against propriety ; improper (2) verging on the indecent ; coarse b. marked by a lack of feeling for the sensibilities of others ; tactless Synonyms: see indecorous • indelicate …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 indelicate — adjective a) Improper or immodest. b) Coarse or tasteless …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 indelicate — Synonyms and related words: callow, chintzy, crude, improper, in bad taste, inappropriate, indecent, indecorous, indiscreet, inelegant, lewd, malodorous, offensive, rough, rude, tasteless, unbecoming, unbeseeming, uncouth, undecorous, undignified …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 indelicate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. immodest; gross, unrefined, coarse. See vulgarity. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. improper, coarse, tactless; see coarse 2 , lewd 1 , tactless . See Synonym Study at coarse , improper . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 indelicate — in|del|i|cate [ ın delıkət ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY rude and likely to offend people ╾ in|del|i|cate|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 indelicate — in del·i·cate || ɪn delɪkÉ™t adj. lacking delicacy; insensitive; indecorous, tasteless, rude, offensive; crude, coarse …

    English contemporary dictionary