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[in-fuh-lis-i-tee] /ˌɪn fəˈlɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural infelicities for 3, 5.
the quality or state of being unhappy; unhappiness.
misfortune; bad luck.
an unfortunate circumstance; misfortune.
inaptness, inappropriateness, or awkwardness, as of action or expression.
something inapt or infelicitous:
infelicities of style.
Origin of infelicity
1350-1400; Middle English infelicite < Latin infēlīcitās. See in-3, felicity Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for infelicity
Historical Examples
  • Here we trace the origin of the infelicity of this religious household.

  • In an instant Christie saw the infelicity of her position, and its dangers.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • Senator Boompointer, unconscious of any infelicity in his interruption, was calmly waiting.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • Life is an act of God: he would not have it marred again by infelicity like his own.

  • No man can judge of the happiness or infelicity of his neighbour.

    Munster Village Mary Hamilton
  • Keats died young; and ‘yet his infelicity had years too many.’

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • But if the happiness of Hamet was lessened, the infelicity of Almoran was increased.

    Almoran and Hamet

    John Hawkesworth
  • To me there is no hint in the story of the infelicity Mr. Frohman hinted at.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • Thus, to all but a very small proportion of humanity, the married state would be one of infelicity and degeneration.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • There is still another reason why, to many minds, the relation of other men's infelicity may give a lasting and continual relief.

British Dictionary definitions for infelicity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being unhappy or unfortunate
an instance of bad luck or mischance; misfortune
something, esp a remark or expression, that is inapt or inappropriate
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Word Origin and History for infelicity

late 14c., from Latin infelicitas "ill luck, misfortune," from infelix (genitive infelicis) "unfruitful, barren; unfortunate, unhappy, causing misfortune, unlucky," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + felix (see felicity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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