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impropriety


denied any impropriety
  behavior considered immoral or rude
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Strongly Associated with:   propriety
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Word Prefix:  The prefix, "im" often means "not"; as "impossible" is "not possible" or "immature" is "not mature".
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  • denied any impropriety
  • rumors of accounting improprieties
  • They didn’t want any suggestion of impropriety raised against them.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But I am so worried I might do something to disappoint the Nielsens that I avoid any situation that might lead to impropriety.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • She was now struck with the impropriety of such communications to a stranger, and wondered it had escaped her before.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The facts in the case were these: Until a very little while after I went there, white and black ship-carpenters worked side by side, and no one seemed to see any impropriety in it.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • If a man lacking in self-confidence remains dumb on a first introduction and betrays a consciousness of the impropriety of such silence and an anxiety to find something to say, the effect is bad.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The lady modestly hesitated to reply, lest there should be any impropriety in holding an interview with Mr. Bumble, with closed doors.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Jurgis could be very obstinate when he wanted to, and he was in this case, much to the dismay of the women, who felt that a man-doctor was an impropriety, and that the matter really belonged to them.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The defendant glanced down, weighing impropriety against honesty.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • This was the sum of my speech, delivered with great improprieties and hesitation.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He felt nothing, except an uncomfortable sense of impropriety at finding himself out in the morning streets, dressed in evening clothes.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The age had not so much refinement, that any sense of impropriety restrained the wearers of petticoat and farthingale from stepping forth into the public ways, and wedging their not unsubstantial persons, if occasion were, into the throng nearest to the scaffold at an execution.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I will pass over the impropriety of your appearing publicly while in mourning, realizing your warm desire to be of assistance to the hospital.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Perhaps I had too rashly over-leaped conventionalities; and he, like St. John, saw impropriety in my inconsiderateness.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Marius said to himself, that he should probably find in it the information which he sought, and that, moreover, the letter being open, it was probable that it could be read without impropriety.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The first question which I am tempted to put to the proprietor of such great impropriety is, Who bolsters you?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He thought there was no impropriety in his doing so, and he consented.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Becoming immediately sensible of the impropriety, he poked the fire, and extinguished the last frail spark for ever.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Some dim ideas of imprudence or impropriety in the measure seemed to embarrass him considerably; for he often stopped, as Eliza glided forward, and looked wistfully, first at her and then at the house, and then, as if reassured by reflection, he pattered along after her again.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Sancho had not thought it worth while to hobble Rocinante, feeling sure, from what he knew of his staidness and freedom from incontinence, that all the mares in the Cordova pastures would not lead him into an impropriety.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Holmes said what he could in favor of the project, but my father was clear in the impropriety of it, and at last gave a flat denial to it.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I should hold myself guilty of greater impropriety in accepting a horse from my brother, than from Willoughby.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • When Mrs. Micawber has her sea-legs on — an expression in which I hope there is no conventional impropriety — she will give them, I dare say, "Little Tafflin".
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The word (for "father" was not so much obscene as–with its connotation of something at one remove from the loathsomeness and moral obliquity of child-bearing–merely gross, a scatological rather than a pornographic impropriety); the comically smutty word relieved what had become a quite intolerable tension.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Any suspicion of impropriety was to Elizabeth-Jane like a red rag to a bull.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Whether the matter involved sexual impropriety or something to do with the litany we never learn, only that James was found in the confessional laughing softly and talking to himself.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • She could not laugh for the impropriety of it but the brightness in her eyes did not escape even Blevins.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Emma, in good spirits too, from the amusement afforded her mind by the expectation of Mr. Frank Churchill, was willing to forget his late improprieties, and be as well satisfied with him as before, and on his making Harriet his very first subject, was ready to listen with most friendly smiles.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I do not censure her opinions; but there certainly is impropriety in making them public.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Her looks grew bolder, her speech more free; she even committed the impropriety of walking out with Monsieur Rodolphe, a cigarette in her mouth, "as if to defy the people."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Lucy had said she would join the Vyses—Mrs. Vyse was an acquaintance of her mother, so there was no impropriety in the plan and Miss Bartlett had replied that she was quite used to being abandoned suddenly.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Roscoe decided there would be no impropriety in letting the girl go as far as the creek.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • She thought a game was being played which she did not understand, but she was certain there had been an impropriety, or even an insult.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Dignity would not permit such impropriety.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • There will not be the smallest impropriety—Miss Snevellicci, sir, is the very soul of honour.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Ladies who like distinctive underclothing should, and every welltailored man must, trying to make the gap wider between them by innuendo and give more of a genuine filip to acts of impropriety between the two, she unbuttoned his and then he untied her, mind the pin, whereas savages in the cannibal islands, say, at ninety degrees in the shade not caring a continental.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The door must be kept open at all times because there cannot be even a suspicion, no impropriety behind closed doors; how comical if they only knew what goes on every day during my walk here.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • He only said this to be cheery, he did not realize that "white" has no more to do with a colour than "God save the King" with a god, and that it is the height of impropriety to consider what it does connote.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • This lady was now somewhat past the age of thirty, an aera at which, in the opinion of the malicious, the title of old maid may with no impropriety be assumed.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • If I could ever find a good excuse to get Lawler alone, he would discover a different Gardella girl, one who could easily get beyond not only his age, but also any stupid notion of impropriety.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • However, because I knew her at close quarters only during her maiden years and have not seen her once since she went to the West Country to become ’Mrs Benn’, you will perhaps excuse my impropriety in referring to her as I knew her, and in my mind have continued to call her throughout these years.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • She tapped nervously, and then thought it doubtful if it were right for a single woman to call upon a bachelor who lived alone, although he was her manager, and she might be supposed to call on business without any real impropriety.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • For I solemnly avow that not only have I never so much as hinted at an impropriety in my conversation in the whole of my days; and more than that, I will vouch for the cleanness of my thoughts and the absolute chastity of my life.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • He was no more confident of the manner in which he ought to conduct himself in the street, or indeed in life generally, than he was in a drawing-room; and he might be seen greeting passers-by, carriages, and anything that occurred with a malicious smile which absolved his subsequent behaviour of all impropriety, since it proved, if it should turn out unsuited to the occasion, that he was well aware of that, and that if he had assumed a smile, the jest was a secret of his own.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Isabel had been made acquainted with the estimate prevailing under that roof: it represented Mr. Osmond’s sister as a lady who had so mismanaged her improprieties that they had ceased to hang together at all—which was at the least what one asked of such matters—and had become the mere floating fragments of a wrecked renown, incommoding social circulation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • But Lovell was a practiced flatterer, sometimes to the point of impropriety.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • There can be no impropriety, surely, in receiving your minister and his servant?
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The house was one of those flat red houses with hanging flower-baskets of vague impropriety.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
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