• WordNet 3.6
    • adv tactlessly without tact; in a tactless manner "at the moment of the murder, he is standing in front of television cameras and talking tactlessly"
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  • Pearl S. Buck
    “Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.”


In literature:

Mrs. Rheinholdt was suddenly aware that she was becoming a little tactless.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Oil was added to the flame of our discontent by the tactlessness of the camp adjutant.
""Over There" with the Australians" by R. Hugh Knyvett
He was well-intentioned, honourable, and, in essentials, humane, but he was arrogant and tactless.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
You are very tactless.
"Eliza" by Barry Pain
I kicked myself for my tactlessness.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
After that tactless remark, the four brothers-in-law began to feel envious of Raven.
"A Treasury of Eskimo Tales" by Clara Kern Bayliss
Tactlessly handled, without due weighing of the case from both sides, they turn one blunder into two.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
Hereupon Forstner reappeared, and by his reproaches, his tediousness, and his tactlessness nearly confirmed Serenissimus in his frantic decision.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Had she been tactless again?
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
Mrs. Fanshawe looked at the end rather tactlessly cheerful.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome

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.

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