incongruous

[ in-kong-groo-uhs ]
/ ɪnˈkɒŋ gru əs /

adjective

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.

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Origin of incongruous

First recorded in 1605–15, incongruous is from the Latin word incongruus “inconsistent.” See in-3, congruous

synonym study for incongruous

3. See inconsistent.

OTHER WORDS FROM incongruous

in·con·gru·ous·ly, adverbin·con·gru·ous·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH incongruous

incongruous , incongruent
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British Dictionary definitions for incongruous

incongruous

incongruent

/ (ɪnˈkɒŋɡrʊəs) /

adjective

(when postpositive, foll by with or to) incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
containing disparate or discordant elements or parts

Derived forms of incongruous

incongruously or incongruently, adverbincongruousness or incongruence, noun
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