tactless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tactless revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse "an inept remark","it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable"
    • adj tactless lacking or showing a lack of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others "in the circumstances it was tactless to ask her age"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tactless Destitute of tact.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tactless Destitute of tact; characterized by want of tact.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tactless without tact
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Quotations

  • Pearl S. Buck
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    “Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tactustangĕre, tactum, to touch.

Usage

In literature:

In the talk at table the family, with Teuton tactlessness, now and then cried out the surpassing merits of the German young man.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
You are a tactless creature!
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Now if Hilderman should by any tactless remark betray our strange experience in the afternoon there would be the devil to pay.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
His whole concern now is how to be rid of this large tactless personage.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Besides it would be tactless to call and upset her.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
If he were being purposely tactless he realised he had gone far enough.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
He's just a trifle tactless, shows a bit of temper sometimes.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Well, I blame you a little bit, because you were a little bit tactless.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
I admit it was a tactless performance.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Bitterly she regretted her tactlessness and folly.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
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In poetry:

Far worthier men had vainly sought
To win her for herself alone;
What potent spell could Love have wrought
To draw her to a tactless drone?
"Mesalliance" by John Lawson Stoddard
Certainly he scored it, bold, and black, and firm,
In that Indian paper — made his seniors squirm,
Quated office scandals, wrote the tactless truth —
Was there ever known a more misguided youth?
"The Man Who Could Write" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Their colleagues in Bristol took that tactless route.
Celebrities Stage Tactless "Digital Death" For a Good Cause.
Here are some useful salary negotiations techniques that can help you get what you want without seeming pushy or tactless.
Nursing mothers were out to prove a point that breastfeeding in public isn't gross of tactless.
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In science:

When she was close enough, he hailed her: ‘Ahoy there, friend. I hope I won’t seem tactless if I point out what a singularly cumbersome bit of leaf you have there.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
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