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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. 2017.
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  • Does the incongruity of such an arrangement strike no one among the religiously-minded people who visit Le Puy?

    France Gordon Cochrane Home
  • The incongruity of its position is to be referred to the lateness of its delivery.

  • There is, however, a perpetual conflict amongst feelings, from which results an incongruity of beliefs.

  • She admitted the incongruity; she even tried to console herself with it.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Graingers words in Miss Barbaras voice were the more pathetic for their incongruity.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • A rustic summer house in such a place would be an incongruity.

    Woodward's Country Homes George E. Woodward
  • "Oh, you are not going to put that on," said Nora, whose own training had made her sensitive to incongruity in dress.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • He halted before this incongruity, regarding it with astonishment.

    His Own People Booth Tarkington
  • An odd bit of incongruity was the inclusion of his name in the list of managers of the Inaugural Ball of 1849.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
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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