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  • I finally made it to the landing and, with one final indelicate grunt, pulled the trunk onto it after me.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It may be indelicate of me to mention it, but I seem to have been equipped at birth with the equivalent of an echo chamber in my stomach regions.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • This will be an indelicate action, which I would not wish upon anyone.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But, although we’ve examined scabs and toe jam under the microscope, although we aren’t worried by pickled ox eyes and gutted fish and whatever can be found under dead logs, putting this question to him would be indelicate, perhaps hurtful.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • We had made it up to the balcony, followed by a hail of indelicate good wishes, when a voice louder than the others called Jamie’s name.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Well, I mean …. that is to say," Mr. Barbour said, realizing that the question had perhaps been indelicately phrased, "what line of work is he in?"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Silvery-headed age and sprightly youth, maids and matrons, had to undergo the same indelicate inspection.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • My descriptions are so indelicate.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • She is so near to me that it almost seems indelicate to speak of her.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • There is an awkward indelicate ness about the way he handles the baby.
    August Wilson  --  Fences

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  • How inconsiderate, how indelicate, how irrational, how unfeeling had been her conduct!
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The indelicate clacking of the men’s heels and the shuffling of their soles reminded him that their grade of culture differed from his.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Somehow, there was something indelicate about a girl child sleeping in her father’s room, even though the girl was only two years old.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I thought of so many possibilities that I put off considering it, but still thought it indelicate to show you that I knew your secret.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Ethan was aware that, in regard to the important question of surgical intervention, the female opinion of the neighbourhood was divided, some glorying in the prestige conferred by operations while others shunned them as indelicate.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • From everything in the least indelicate her finebred nature instinctively recoiled.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Spiders, I would say, are indelicate.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • He who, she had been persuaded, would avoid her as his greatest enemy, seemed, on this accidental meeting, most eager to preserve the acquaintance, and without any indelicate display of regard, or any peculiarity of manner, where their two selves only were concerned, was soliciting the good opinion of her friends, and bent on making her known to his sister.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • However, to the unconsciously indelicate all things are delicate.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I have read with much distaste his indelicate verses against old women and witches; nor do I see any merit in telling his friend Maecenas that if he will but rank him in the choir of lyric poets, his lofty head shall touch the stars.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • A shaft of momentary anger flew through Stephen’s mind at these indelicate allusions in the hearing of a stranger.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • With that remark I conclude my sketch of his character, feeling it indelicate to continue further.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • No, he is not tactful; yet, have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time—beautiful?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Mrs. Mingott said she had gone out; which, on a day of such glaring sunlight, and at the "shopping hour," seemed in itself an indelicate thing for a compromised woman to do.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • This indelicate comment drew an immediate scowl from Lou, and just as quickly Oz looked out the window, ostensibly to admire the countryside.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • I said to my landlord, ’My good man, you are not aware that my excellent friend Jarndyce will have to pay for those things that you are sweeping off in that indelicate manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "Naw, quick as you are, it ain’t worth the effort," Buf said, scratching herself indelicately.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Were he and my mother (and here they looked embarrassed and shuffled their feet while finding a word that wouldn’t seem too indelicate) "acquainted"?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Ain’t gwine to have ’cause putt’n dey han’s up ’fo’ dey eyes en sayin’ to David and Goliah en dem yuther prophets, ’Dat chile is dress’ to indelicate fo’ dis place.’
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • [Shows with both hands] And if I do drink some kvass, why is it that there is bound to be something of the most indelicate nature in it, such as a beetle?
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • It’s dishonourable; it’s indelicate; it’s indecent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • We shall therefore transcribe no more of her speech, as it approached still nearer and nearer to a subject too indelicate to find any place in this history.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It’s positive indelicate.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Dorothea wondered a little, but felt that it would be indelicate just then to ask for any information which Mr. Casaubon did not proffer, and she turned to the window to admire the view.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …without appearing to have seen me, but with an intensity, a half-hidden smile which I was unable to interpret, according to the instruction I had received in the ways of good breeding, save as a mark of infinite disgust; and her hand, at the same time, sketched in the air an indelicate gesture, for which, when it was addressed in public to a person whom one did not know, the little dictionary of manners which I carried in my mind supplied only one meaning, namely, a deliberate insult.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Not an imprudent, not an indelicate, not a disagreeable word of action.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It’s dishonourable; it’s indelicate; it’s indecent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • It seemed a little indelicate.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Is there anything meaner then to throw necessary work upon other people and then disparage it as unworthy and indelicate.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I held out a dishclout, and to my astonishment she took it and blew her nose as indelicately and unselfconsciously as an urchin.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • She put it to herself as indelicately as possible, in the hope that her brain would cry, "Rubbish, you’re a self-conscious fool!"
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Giggles, gasps, grapplings—there was no disguising the indelicate nature of the sound, although in his kindheartedness the young man at first tried hard to give it a harmless interpretation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Colia was indelicate enough to voice the delight he felt at his success in managing to annoy Lizabetha Prokofievna, with whom, in spite of their really amicable relations, he was constantly sparring.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • They might have arrived with food in a basket, and Alessandro and his father might have gone in the water, proud to be less sensitive to the cold than Signora and Luciana, who would pretend to be disgusted by the fact that the two men were so indelicate as to be able to float in the Tyrrhenian in November.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • But there were circumstances attending my—ha—slight knowledge of Mr Clennam (it was very slight), which,’ here Mr Dorrit became extremely grave and impressive, ’would render it highly indelicate in Mr Clennam to—ha—to seek to renew communication with me or with any member of my family under existing circumstances.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Philip laughed savagely as he thought of her gentility and the refinement with which she ate her food; she could not bear a coarse word, so far as her limited vocabulary reached she had a passion for euphemisms, and she scented indecency everywhere; she never spoke of trousers but referred to them as nether garments; she thought it slightly indelicate to blow her nose and did it in a deprecating way.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • …you first, because I had an influence over you and was afraid that you would force yourself, from gratitude, to respond to my love, would try to rouse in your heart a feeling which was perhaps absent, and I did not wish that …. because it would be tyranny …. it would be indelicate (in short, I launch off at that point into European, inexplicably lofty subtleties a la George Sand), but now, now you are mine, you are my creation, you are pure, you are good, you are my noble wife.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Even when you know he’ll do the same to you, it’s still a very indelicate thing to do."
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • They even stole my shoes and my under-" The grandmother remembers it is indelicate to say so.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • "You collapsed, while carrying in" — it seems indelicate to mention it "my breakfast tray.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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