Definitions of impropriety

  1. an improper demeanor Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an act of undue intimacy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The quality of being improper; unfitness or unsuitableness to character, time place, or circumstances; as, impropriety of behavior or manners. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which is improper; an unsuitable or improper act, or an inaccurate use of language. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The quality of being unsuitable or inappropriate; unsuitableness; that which is not in accordance with usage, custom, decency, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. That which is improper or unsuitable: want of propriety or fitness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Unbecomingness; unsuitableness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The state of being improper; anything that is improper. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Unsuitableness; an improper act or expression. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Unsuitableness to character or circumstances; an improper action or speech; an inaccuracy in language; improper fraction, a fraction whose numerator is either equal to or greater than the denominator. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for impropriety

  1. Perhaps that was one reason why she so keenly felt their impropriety now; she had been so long among the " called," and so very recently among the " chosen." – The Chautauqua Girls At Home by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  2. And he shrank still lower among the bracken, for though he had watched the distant little figure in white with a slight sense of sacrilege, and absolutely no sense of impropriety but only of enjoyment, he would not for all he was worth have had her know that he had watched at all, since he could imagine how she would resent it. – A Maid of the Silver Sea by John Oxenham