Slightly at odds with established standards of propriety; somewhat improper, offensive, or coarse.
An indelicate joke.
Lacking in consideration for the feelings of others; tactless.
Not delicate; coarse; crude; rough; esp., lacking, or offensive to, propriety or modesty; gross.
Indelicate Sentence Examples
indelicate question had been asked.
She is so near to me that it almost seems indelicate to speak of her.
Europeans are considered indelicate in many ways by other races, and a remark of Peschel l is to the point: " Were a pious Mussulman of Ferghana to be present at our balls and see the bare shoulders of our wives and daughters, and the semi-embraces of our round dances, he would silently wonder at the long-suffering of Allah who had not long 1 The Races of Man.
This "Palace language" appears to have come into existence from a desire to avoid the employment in the presence of royalty of downright expressions of vulgarity or of words which might be capable of conveying an unpleasant or indelicate idea other than the meaning intended.
This unprincipled adventurer, even before Catherine's death in September 1548, paid indelicate attentions to Elizabeth.