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[in-kuh n-groo-i-tee, -kuh ng-] /ˌɪn kənˈgru ɪ ti, -kəŋ-/
noun, plural incongruities for 2.
the quality or condition of being incongruous.
something incongruous.
Origin of incongruity
From the Late Latin word incongruitās, dating back to 1525-35. See in-3, congruity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The picture is almost comic in its incongruity with what actually is.

  • Now, it is a mere anomaly and incongruity here, out of date and out of purpose.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • There is the same element of incongruity, without the tragic consequence.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • There is an incongruity about death on the battlefield which assails the mind.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • He felt no incongruity in the veteran Parmenides correcting the youthful Socrates.

    Parmenides Plato
  • The oddity and incongruity of her attire attracted attention.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • His countenance expressed his sense of the incongruity of the union.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • They are more than double her age, and yet they can see no incongruity in hoping to win her.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • The incongruity of the word was enough to make one jump out of the chair.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for incongruity


noun (pl) -ties
something incongruous
the state or quality of being incongruous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incongruity

1530s, from French incongruité or directly from Medieval Latin incongruitas, from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + congruitas (see congruity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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