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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indiscretion a petty misdeed
    • n indiscretion the trait of being injudicious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indiscretion An indiscreet act; indiscreet behavior. "Past indiscretion is a venial crime."
    • Indiscretion The quality or state of being indiscreet; lack of discretion; imprudence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indiscretion The condition or quality of being indiscreet; want of discretion or judgment; imprudence; rashness.
    • n indiscretion An indiscreet or imprudent act; a step showing lack of judgment or caution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Indiscretion (-kresh′-) want of discretion: rashness: an indiscreet act
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  • Saki
    “Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.”
  • Thomas Hardy
    “A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + discretion,: cf. F. indiscrétion,


In literature:

You don't talk well, but you write worse, so avoid correspondence, and do all your indiscretions verbally.
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
I accepted this reference, and I had no cause to regret what may have been an indiscretion.
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The thinness of indiscretion and the airy forms of inadvertence are lost and annihilated amid the shadows of the night.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
Such a deluge of society tittle-tattle and political indiscretion brought the former a keen heart-pang.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Such a deluge of society tittle-tattle and political indiscretion brought the former a keen heart-pang.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Mrs. Leslie, whatever she thought or felt, said nothing, except in kindly remonstrance on the indiscretion of braving the night air.
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Still, it was impossible not to forgive Monny her indiscretion.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
He did not deny that he knew such a person, that he had visited her; but he threw all the blame of his indiscretion on Lord Lyttelton.
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson
Who ever heard of a horse leaving good quarters without much regretting the indiscretion?
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I need not say that, up to the present, no such indiscretion has occurred.
"The Avenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
But here is the thing; I behold him with fear now, as conscious of the power my indiscretion has given him over me.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Le Moyne, unpacking sandwiches from a basket, was aroused by a sheer resentment to an indiscretion.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
A few minutes later this brave man paid for the indiscretion of his people with his life, dying splendidly.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
She cautioned him against draughts, overwork, microbes, and dietary indiscretions.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Antonyms: indiscretion, imprudence, compulsion, constraint, coercion.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
I rely a little upon the indiscretion of M. de Meilhan to enlighten me.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
The old man turned quite deliberately and inspected his questioner in a manner to imply that he had committed an indiscretion.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
M. Lemoine seems to have been talking with some indiscretion.
"McClure's Magazine, March, 1896, Vol. VI., No. 4." by Various
You'd almost think I'd been reporting an indiscretion in some member of his family.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
She was profiting by his indiscretion to make what was already so hard for him still harder.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King

In poetry:

A judgment so wisely balanced
As to know what must be done
To avoid the indiscretions
Into which so many run,
Of telling, instead of leading,
Till the victory has been won.
"The Difference" by Jared Barhite
In her is the end of breeding.
Her boredom is exquisite and excessive.
She would like some one to speak to her,
And is almost afraid that I
      Twill commit that indiscretion.
"The Garden" by Ezra Pound
My living-room is marble floored,
And on its ceiling cherubs play;
But like my lord I'm often bored
And put my sullen books away;
And though my people say I snored,
I dream of indiscretions gay.
"Room Ghost" by Robert W Service

In news:

Online Poll Should private indiscretions make a person ineligible for public service.
NYRA outlook shaken by past indiscretions.
The sexual-assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have prompted some to question whether France has been too willing to turn a blind eye to politicians' indiscretions.
Fleder, Case commit to ' Indiscretion '.
Director Gary Fleder and writer Caroline Case are collaborating on psychological thriller " Indiscretion " for Escape Artists.
Buck's reprimand was no youthful indiscretion .
Unintentional ' indiscretion ' spells reprimand.
What started out as a morality tale about the indiscretions of one of Rupert Murdoch's most tawdry tabloids is turning into a complex paper chase.
You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see -- including DOT roadside inspectors.
Teen parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman on speaking to other parents about their child's indiscretions.
Unintentional 'indiscretion' spells reprimand.
Who pays for the indiscretion.
Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich carried on an affair with an admiring female aide while trying to impeach Clinton for lying about a similar indiscretion.
Janet Napolitano, whose department oversees the Secret Service, said Wednesday there is no evidence of a pattern of indiscretion among agents.
However, information has emerged about the woman who received the emails from Broadwell that led to the FBI's discovery of Petraeus' indiscretion.

In science:

Unsurprisingly, this gives a boring topology on [0, 1]: the indiscrete one, as it happens.
General self-similarity: an overview
Groups possessing only indiscrete embeddings in SL(2, C).
Non-faithful representations of surface groups into SL(2,C) which kill no simple closed curve
Twenty-four discrete and indiscrete names appear in the notebooks, a few covering more than one idea, and a few ideas represented by more than one name.
Astrophysics in 2006
If we look at cL2/Z as a chronological set and take its future chronological topology, the imposed topology on ˆ∂ (L2 )/Z isn’t any better: It’s the wholly indiscrete topology.
Boundaries on Spacetimes: An Outline
He noted that the family of all topologies on a set is a lattice with a greatest element, the discrete topology and a smallest element, the indiscrete topology.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
A partition is called discrete if every subset has only one element. A partition is called indiscrete if the partition is the whole set. A partition which is not discrete and not indiscrete is called a regular partition.
Classifying Complemented Subspaces of $L_p$ with Alspach Norm
Let (φµν ), 1 ≤ µ ≤ k, 1 ≤ ν ≤ l, be a matrix of holomorphic functions on D ⊆ U, where D and U are connected open subsets of C, and U \ D is a non-empty indiscrete set.
Proper holomorphic mappings between hyperbolic product manifolds
Further assume that, for each j, Rj \ Xj is a non-empty indiscrete set.
Proper holomorphic mappings between hyperbolic product manifolds
Note that ψi (pi ) ∈ U \ D, whence U \ D is indiscrete.
Proper holomorphic mappings between hyperbolic product manifolds
But, this means that Si = efi(R1 ), which is not possible as Si \ Yi is a non-empty indiscrete set, and efi(R1 ) is obtained by adjoining at most finitely many points to Yi .
Proper holomorphic mappings between hyperbolic product manifolds
Some category theorists suggest the name “indiscrete category”, by formal analogy with indiscrete spaces in topology.
Chaotic categories and equivariant classifying spaces
The key difference is that indiscrete spaces are of no interest, whereas we hope to convince the reader that chaotic categories are of considerable interest.
Chaotic categories and equivariant classifying spaces
Ziegler, ‘Absolutely pure and flat modules and “indiscrete” rings’, J.
Grothendieck Categories