- 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 incongruously
Incongruously, the sound system in the restaurant serenades diners with classical music.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market
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All of which makes Julie Chen an incongruously wonderful, androidesque host for the show.12 Shows Wrongly Snubbed by the Emmy Awards
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And the incongruously bright, cheerful Haitian sky surely is a winning backdrop.All These Useless Doctors
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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.Space Platform
Then incongruously enough he smiled as he thought of the boy's breaking voice.Yule Logs
Talleyrand claims, not incongruously, that he acted in Napoleons true interest.Talleyrand
She looked up with an expression that struck him as incongruously triumphant.The Builders
- (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 incongruously
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