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Indecent definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INDE'CENT, a. [L. indecens.] Unbecoming; unfit to be seen or heard; offensive to modesty and delicacy; as indecent language; indecent manners; an indecent posture or gesture.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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1: not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society; "was buried with indecent haste"; "indecorous behavior"; "language unbecoming to a lady"; "unseemly to use profanity"; "moved to curb their untoward ribaldry" [syn: indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly, untoward]
2: offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters; "an earthy but not indecent story"; "an indecent gesture" [ant: decent]
3: offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance; "a bathing suit considered indecent by local standards"

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French indécent, from Latin indecent-, indecens, from in- + decent-, decens decent Date: circa 1587 not decent: as a. grossly improper or offensive <indecent language> b. unseemly, inappropriate <he took indecent pleasure in her troubles> • indecently adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 offending against recognized standards of decency. 2 unbecoming; highly unsuitable (with indecent haste). Phrases and idioms: indecent assault a sexual attack not involving rape. indecent exposure the intentional act of publicly and indecently exposing one's body, esp. the genitals. Derivatives: indecency n. (pl. -ies). indecently adv. Etymology: F indécent or L indecens (as IN-(1), DECENT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Indecent In*de"cent, a. [L. indecens unseemly, unbecoming: cf. F. ind['e]cent. See In- not, and Decent.] Not decent; unfit to be seen or heard; offensive to modesty and delicacy; as, indecent language. --Cowper. Syn: Unbecoming; indecorous; indelicate; unseemly; immodest; gross; shameful; impure; improper; obscene; filthy.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you describe something as indecent, you mean that it is shocking and offensive, usually because it relates to sex or nakedness. He accused Mrs Moore of making an indecent suggestion. = obscene ADJindecently ...an indecently short skirt. ADV: ADV with v, ADV adj 2. If you describe the speed or amount of something as indecent, you are indicating, often in a humorous way, that it is much quicker or larger than is usual or desirable. The opposition says the legislation was drafted with indecent haste. ADJindecently ...an indecently large office. ADV

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Indecorous, improper, unbecoming, unseemly, offensive, outrageous. 2. Indelicate, coarse, gross, immodest, impure, obscene, filthy, unchaste, lewd.

Moby Thesaurus

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