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infelicitous

[in-fuh-lis-i-tuh s]
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  1. inapt, inappropriate, or awkward; malapropos: an infelicitous remark.
  2. not felicitous, happy, or fortunate; unhappy.
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Origin of infelicitous

First recorded in 1825–35; in-3 + felicitous
Related formsin·fe·lic·i·tous·ly, adverb
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infelicitous

adjective
  1. not felicitous; unfortunate
  2. inappropriate or unsuitable
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Derived Formsinfelicitously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for infelicitous

adj.

1754, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + felicitous. Related: infelicitously.

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