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[in-kong-groo-uh nt, in-kuh n-groo-, -kuh ng-]
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  1. not congruent.
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Origin of incongruent

1525–35; < Latin incongruent- (stem of incongruēns) inconsistent. See in-3, congruent
Related formsin·con·gru·ence, nounin·con·gru·ent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcongruous congruent incongruous incongruent
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Related Words for incongruent

conflicting, contradictory, contrary, different, discordant, disparate, dissonant, divergent, diverse, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, varying, differing, inconsonant, alien, bizarre, discrepant, distorted, extraneous

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Historical Examples of incongruent

  • There was the picture that she was unable to begin; it floated through her brain, elusive and incongruent.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • This was usually done by use of brute force coated with a thin layer of incongruent ideology.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Perhaps in some context, the word part is incongruent with this notion that there is only wholeness.

Word Origin and History for incongruent


mid-15c., from Latin incongruentem (nominative incongruens), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + congruens (see congruent). Related: Incongruently.

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