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Definition behavior thought not to be proper — such as immoral or rude behavior
  • The senator denied any impropriety.
impropriety = behavior that was not proper
  • Our investigation paints a portrait of impropriety.
  • impropriety = behavior that was not proper
  • rumors of accounting improprieties
  • I do not censure her opinions; but there certainly is impropriety in making them public.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • impropriety = inappropriate behavior
  • It was the abode of noise, disorder, and impropriety.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • impropriety = inappropriate behavior
  • "Do not you think," said Fanny, after a little consideration, "that this impropriety is a reflection itself upon Mrs. Crawford, as her niece has been entirely brought up by her?"
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • impropriety = inappropriate behavior
  • Mrs. Norris was a little confounded and as nearly being silenced as ever she had been in her life; for she was ashamed to confess having never seen any of the impropriety which was so glaring to Sir Thomas, and would not have admitted that her influence was insufficient—that she might have talked in vain.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • impropriety = inappropriateness
  • Sir Thomas saw all the impropriety of such a scheme among such a party, and at such a time, as strongly as his son had ever supposed he must; he felt it too much, indeed, for many words; and having shaken hands with Edmund, meant to try to lose the disagreeable impression, and forget how much he had been forgotten himself as soon as he could, after the house had been cleared of every object enforcing the remembrance, and restored to its proper state.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • impropriety = inappropriateness
  • I do not censure her opinions; but there certainly is impropriety in making them public.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • "There is not the slightest impropriety in her doing so," said Sir Charles.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • She was NOW struck with the impropriety of such communications to a stranger, and wondered it had escaped her before.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • There was no impropriety that I could discover in her taking this course.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Woman in White
  • He thought there was no impropriety in his doing so, and he consented.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Perhaps I had too rashly over-leaped conventionalities; and he, like St. John, saw impropriety in my inconsiderateness.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The impropriety of the thing, on the general principles of law and reason, is the only obstacle.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The attorney started, as if unconscious of any impropriety, and continued: "So you settled the matter with Natty amicably on the spot, did you?"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • 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
  • There can be no impropriety, surely, in receiving your minister and his servant?
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Any suspicion of impropriety was to Elizabeth-Jane like a red rag to a bull.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge

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