impropriety

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Etymology[edit]

From French impropriété, from Latin improprietas

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

impropriety (countable and uncountable, plural improprieties)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being improper.
  2. (countable) An improper act.
    • 1978, Nixon, Richard, RN: the Memoirs of Richard Nixon[1], Grosset & Dunlap, →ISBN, LCCN 77-87793, OCLC 760525066, OL 7561812M, page 421:
      Bayh and his supporters ended up maintaining that it was no longer sufficient that a nominee had not engaged in any impropriety; now there must be no "appearance" of impropriety. Thus opponents of a nominee could raise an "appearance" of impropriety by false charges and thereby defeat him. It was a vicious circle: the nominee would not be condemned for what he had done but for what he had been accused of having done by his detractors.
  3. Improper language.

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