Definition of indiscretion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪndɪˈskreʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndɪˈskreʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] an act or remark that is indiscreet, especially one that is not morally acceptable youthful indiscretions
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of saying or doing something without thinking about the effect it may have, especially when this embarrasses or offends somebody He talked to the press in a moment of indiscretion. He had never forgiven her for reporting his indiscretion in front of his friends. I instantly regretted my indiscretion and asked her to keep the news to herself.
  3. compare discretion
    Word OriginMiddle English: from late Latin indiscretio(n-), from in- (expressing negation) + discretio ‘separation’ (in late Latin ‘discernment’), from discernere ‘separate out, discern’.Word Familydiscreet adjective (indiscreet)discretion noun (indiscretion)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: indiscretion