Indecorous In`de*co"rous (?; 277), a. [L. indecorous. See {In-} not, and {Decorous}.] Not decorous; violating good manners; contrary to good breeding or etiquette; unbecoming; improper; out of place; as, indecorous conduct. [1913 Webster]

It was useless and indecorous to attempt anything more by mere struggle. --Burke.

Syn: Unbecoming; unseemly; unbefitting; rude; coarse; impolite; uncivil; ill-bred. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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