- out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
- not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
- inconsistent: actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.
Origin of incongruous
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1. discrepant, unsuitable, ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd. 2. inharmonious, discordant. 3. contrary, contradictory. See inconsistent.
1. becoming, appropriate. 2. consonant. 3. consistent.
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Examples from the Web for incongruous
Even those who were not already republicans wanted the royals to be more aware of how incongruous their profligacy seemed.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
It is impossible to overstate just how isolated and incongruous Lady Thatcher was when she entered Parliament in 1959.Margaret Thatcher: The Accidental Feminist
April 9, 2013
He does not take umbrage at the incongruous presence of the housekeeper in a presidential suite that is still occupied.Five Things You Didn’t Know About DSK From John Solomon’s New Book
June 5, 2012
“I was 11 years old,” he says, in his gravelly voice that carries an incongruous hint of Brooklyn (Gosling is Canadian).Ryan Gosling: On Blue Valentine and Michelle Williams
December 26, 2010
Berliners for the most part simply lived with it, incongruous and sinister as it was.Scaling the Berlin Wall
Michael R. Meyer
October 31, 2009
The subscribers to the opera would see little in it that was incongruous.Handel
Edward J. Dent
It had for its incongruous lid a door that had been lifted from its hinges.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
The silliness of the situation burned her sense of the incongruous.Melomaniacs
Others are a marvel of ingenious and incongruous combination.Italy, the Magic Land
It was as if there could be no end of his discoveries about that girl, at the most incongruous moments.Victory
- (when postpositive, foll by with or to) incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
- containing disparate or discordant elements or parts
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Word Origin and History for incongruous
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