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Pronunciation:  `impru'prIitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act of undue intimacy
  2. [n]  an indecent or improper act
  3. [n]  an improper demeanor

IMPROPRIETY is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: familiarity, improperness, indecency, indecorum, liberty
 Antonyms: correctitude, properness, propriety
 See Also: behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment, inappropriateness, incorrectness, indecency, indecorousness, indecorum, indelicacy, misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed, obscenity, wrongness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 manners.

2. That which is improper; an unsuitable or improper act, or
   an inaccurate use of language.

         But every language has likewise its improprieties
         and absurdities.                      --Johnson.

         Many gross improprieties, however authorized by
         practice, ought to be discarded.      --Swift.

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