Definition of indecency in English:

indecency

nounindecencies

mass noun
  • 1Indecent behaviour.

    ‘seven offences of rape and indecency’
    • ‘Keith was convicted of five gross indecency and three indecent assault charges at Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Ward will be charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour, public indecency and public intoxication at the Calgary courthouse on Monday.’
    • ‘That case, in combination with the more recent controversy, shows why it's time to get rid of broadcast indecency law forever.’
    • ‘It seems to us that the suggestion that there should be separate trials of the rape and indecency charges in the present case was simply unrealistic.’
    • ‘In a few videotaped moments, the yobs commit at least three offences: public indecency, trespass and burglary.’
    • ‘In the light of this provision, we do not accept that H has grounds for contesting the element of indecency in his conviction.’
    • ‘The term gross indecency was not statutorily defined and was to be given meaning by courts on the particular facts of each case.’
    • ‘His defence was a complete denial of any indecency.’
    • ‘Does this display run afoul of public indecency laws?’
    • ‘In 1967, he was convicted of gross indecency by Weymouth magistrates.’
    • ‘The case concerned a headmaster who was charged with gross indecency.’
    • ‘He talks about the need to bring indecency laws that now cover broadcast TV to make sure they cover cable TV as well.’
    • ‘Congress is looking at reforming indecency laws to be much tougher on transgressors.’
    • ‘His celebratory streak ended with arrest by police for indecency.’
    • ‘The charges against them include public indecency, inappropriate behaviour, behaviour to the detriment of military discipline and assault.’
    • ‘The reason that some senators want indecency to stay on the air is because they themselves are indecent.’
    • ‘It was unclear exactly how he would go about further criminalizing the indecency statutes.’
    • ‘The commission has proposed no indecency fines during his five months in the chair.’
    • ‘Now, in terms of the broadcast indecency standard here, we are talking about viewpoints, opinions on various subjects.’
    • ‘Through our bad parenting, which sets wrong examples, we have institutionalized insensitivity and indecency and made them virtues.’
    indecent behaviour, gross indecency, pornography
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    1. 1.1count noun An indecent act or expression.
      ‘schoolboy indecencies’
      • ‘And those who shun the great sins and indecencies, and whenever they are angry, they forgive.’
      • ‘In 1993, any reasonable facsimile of civilization would have had me committing indecencies with the bus station tarmac.’
      • ‘Sun worshippers at Jomtien Beach this week were disturbed from doing the crossword after a man was observed shouting indecencies from behind an umbrella.’
      • ‘Still, they thought this tradition was full of lies and indecencies.’
      • ‘In the wake of the Civil War, African Americans sought out spouses and family members torn from them by the indecencies of slavery.’
      • ‘Now I have someone else to talk to besides Melinda about the indecencies of money in the modern world.’
      • ‘They do not get into a taxi to be forced to commit indecencies on the taxi-driver.’
      • ‘The old lady has her hand over her mouth like I have just spoken an indecency (which I guess I did).’
      • ‘There are quite serious penalties imposed on people who commits offences in relation to dead bodies ranging from unlawful burials through to indecencies or indignities to human remains.’
      • ‘In despair, many seem to have passively thrown up their hands and resigned themselves to observation of these despicable indecencies as they pass by.’

Pronunciation

indecency

/ɪnˈdiːsnsi/