impropriety

When the boss's husband shows up at a formal dinner party and proceeds to stuff his pockets full of hors d'oeuvres, no one dares to mention his impropriety above a whisper, especially to the boss.

Impropriety is a violation of a rule of behavior, manners, or etiquette. So while it is fitting and proper to wear a bikini top and a sarong to the beach, to do so at church would be considered an impropriety. Some find a bit of impropriety charming. Somerset Maugham went so far as to say, “Impropriety is the soul of wit.”

Definitions of impropriety
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n the condition of being improper

Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n an improper demeanor

Synonyms:
improperness
Antonyms:
correctitude, properness, propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
Types:
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incorrectness
lack of conformity to social expectations
inappropriateness, wrongness
inappropriate conduct
indelicacy
the trait of being indelicate and offensive
indecorousness, indecorum
a lack of decorum
indecency
the quality of being indecent
political incorrectness
the use of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult groups who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against
gaminess, raciness, ribaldry, spiciness
behavior or language bordering on indelicacy
unseemliness
a lack of consideration for others
unbecomingness
the quality of being unbecoming
immodesty
the trait of being vain and conceited
enormity, outrageousness
the quality of being outrageous
bawdiness, lewdness, obscenity, salaciousness, salacity
the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
Type of:
behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
(behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

n an indecent or improper act

Synonyms:
indecency
Types:
obscenity
an obscene act
Type of:
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
improper or wicked or immoral behavior

n an act of undue intimacy

Synonyms:
familiarity, indecorum, liberty
Type of:
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
improper or wicked or immoral behavior

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