Part of speech: noun

The state of being improper; anything that is improper.

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Usage examples "impropriety":

  1. His admiration true or feigned for Madame Guyon remained to the last, yet always without suspicion of impropriety. - "The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 9 And His Court and of The Regency", Duc de Saint-Simon.
  2. 327. The articles can seldom be put one for the other, without gross impropriety; and of course either is to be preferred to the other, as it better suits the sense: as, " The violation of this rule never fails to hurt and displease a reader." - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  3. Was it a commercial impropriety? - "'Twixt Land & Sea", Joseph Conrad.