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impolitic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj impolitic not politic "an impolitic approach to a sensitive issue"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Hara kiri" is an impolite way of saying the Japanese word "seppuku" which means, literally, "belly splitting."
    • a Impolitic Not politic; contrary to, or wanting in, policy; unwise; imprudent; indiscreet; inexpedient; as, an impolitic ruler, law, or measure. "The most unjust and impolitic of all things, unequal taxation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impolitic Not politic; not conforming to or in accordance with good policy; inexpedient; injudicious: as, an impolitic ruler, law, or measure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impolitic im-pol′i-tik imprudent: unwise: inexpedient
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. im-, not + politic,; cf. F. impolitique,

Usage

In literature:

To administer reproof to anyone in the presence of others is very impolite.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
We did not wish to be untruthful and we disliked to be impolite.
"The Jamesons" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
To soil either would be injudicious, impolitic, and she never desired the injudicious and impolitic.
"The Butterfly House" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Such habits may range from relatively unimportant personal peculiarities to impolite and even immoral modes of conduct.
"Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education" by Ontario Ministry of Education
While roving about, however, it occurred to me, that it might not be impolitic to find the way to their habitation even now.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
You know he's stayed on our account, and I never heard of anything so impolite, so inhospitable, as offering to read without him.
"A Chance Acquaintance" by W. D. Howells
Oh, he was very impolite!
"Bully and Bawly No-Tail" by Howard R. Garis
Murder for the moment in these piping times has become impolite.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
I asked if he did not think it impolitic to buy slaves now.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
I could not be so impolite.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
To proceed by constitutional measures against the Medici was judged impolitic.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Dere now, it impolite to walk by anybody house whistlin, too.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
It takes more courage usually to be courteous than to be impolite.
"Benefits Forgot" by Honoré Willsie
On the whole, the measure was impolitic, and finally abandoned.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
That would show her; that impoliteness would show her what an old woman thought of her!
"Hex" by Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
He cursed in Swahili and Portuguese, and his language was forcible and impolite.
"The Keepers of the King's Peace" by Edgar Wallace
In his report, Hamilton took strong grounds against this idea, as being unjust, dishonest, and impolitic.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
They know only how to brawl and scrawl 'hot-head' and 'impolitic maniac.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
This was an impolitic act, and calculated to exasperate the public mind against the exiled family.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
The best manners I have ever seen were possessed by the most impolite man I have ever known.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
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In poetry:

And so I often stand for hours
Deciding which is right—
To impolitely have enough,
Or starve and be polite.
"A Question" by Ellis Parker Butler
A road to dream upon by day,
A fire for dreams at night,
Free to wander far away,
Free to shout and free to play,
Quite impolite.
"Summer Explorer" by John Chipman Farrar

In news:

LOS ANGELES — They're not the kind of things people say in polite society, or even impolite society.
It is impolite, but probably true, to say that when President Obama announced in March that he had a "comprehensive, new strategy" for victory in Afghanistan, he had no precise idea what he was talking about.
Isn't it great to have a president who says something foolish or impolitic from time to time.
Gum chewing in public often impolite .
Confronting The VP May Be Impolite .
It may be impolitic to say so, but what readers learn about Joan Didion in "Blue Nights" is that she is remote even in grief, and consumed with high-end brand names.
I mean, that's an impolite term, but it's probably appropriate.
Have you ever been in a discussion with somebody about an impolite topic — say, politics or religion — and thought the other person was one of three things: 1.
Have you ever been in a discussion with somebody about an impolite topic — say, politics or religion — and thought the other person was one of three things.
If it's impolite to tell someone that what they do doesn't matter a whit, as I believe it is, then please let me know who to punch out .
Most Americans believe we live in more impolite times.
Whether Bernette Johnson is legally entitled to be the state Supreme Court's next chief justice is debatable, but it would be impolitic to deny her.
There was some polite (or perhaps impolite) head-bobbing.
PARIS — Is it impolitic to ask the French privacy regulator a personal question about her Internet habits.
Romney's comments, which were made public by the liberal magazine Mother Jones, fit into a long history of candidates making revealingly impolitic comments at off-the-record events.
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