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incongruous

[in-kong-groo-uh s]
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adjective
  1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
  2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
  3. 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
Related formsin·con·gru·ous·ly, adverbin·con·gru·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedcongruous congruent incongruous incongruent

Synonyms

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1. discrepant, unsuitable, ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd. 2. inharmonious, discordant. 3. contrary, contradictory. See inconsistent.

Antonyms

1. becoming, appropriate. 2. consonant. 3. consistent.
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  • Barnes was incongruously named when he was given the name of Harry.

  • For an instant, in mid-air, Joe was incongruously aware of all the noises in the Shed.

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    Murray Leinster

  • Then incongruously enough he smiled as he thought of the boy's breaking voice.

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    Various

  • Talleyrand claims, not incongruously, that he acted in Napoleons true interest.

    Talleyrand

    Joseph McCabe

  • She looked up with an expression that struck him as incongruously triumphant.

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    Ellen Glasgow


British Dictionary definitions for incongruously

incongruous

incongruent

adjective
  1. (when postpositive, foll by with or to) incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
  2. containing disparate or discordant elements or parts
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Derived Formsincongruously or incongruently, adverbincongruousness or incongruence, noun
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Word Origin and History for incongruously

incongruous

adj.

1610s, from Latin incongruus "incongruous," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + congruus "fit, suitable" (see congruent). Related: Incongruously.

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