indelicate

Indelicate things are offensive or rude. If you tell an indelicate joke to your sweet, old-fashioned great-grandmother, it'll make her blush.

Many people would consider the question, "How much money do you make?" to be an indelicate one — it's tactless to ask it. Dirty jokes are indelicate because they're in bad taste, likely to offend someone. The adjective indelicate uses the "not" prefix in- along with delicate, which here means "tactful and considerate."

Definitions of indelicate
  1. adjective
    in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent
    “an indelicate remark”
    synonyms: off-color, off-colour
    tasteless
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
  2. adjective
    verging on the indecent
    “an indelicate proposition”
    Synonyms:
    indecent
    offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
  3. adjective
    lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
    synonyms: indecorous
    indecent
    offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
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    Antonyms:
    decorous
    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
    in good taste
    satisfying generally accepted social or esthetic standards
    sedate, staid
    characterized by dignity and propriety
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
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