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.
- in·con·gru·ous·ly, adverb
- in·con·gru·ous·ness, noun
- incongruous , incongruent
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How to use incongruous in a sentence
In this season of professions of love, I offer mine in a way that may seem incongruous to the sentiment.This cauliflower hater likes the vegetable one way only: Pickled | Jim Webster | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
That’s even after the 13-member selection committee spent its usual two-day huddle in a North Texas hotel meeting room running the incongruous numbers of a misshapen season.Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State stay at top of College Football Playoff rankings | Chuck Culpepper | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
The incongruous approaches and the lack of national standards have created confusion, conflict and a muddled public health message, likely hampering efforts to stop the spread of the virus.States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders | by David Armstrong | December 1, 2020 | ProPublica
Fixed working hours and face-time expectations can be incongruous with the demands of their daily lives, so much so that such rigidity can drive women from the work force.Zurich added 6 words to job listings and saw women’s share of applications—and hires—jump | Claire Zillman, reporter | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
I’ve had a difficult time with this incongruous college football season.
Incongruously, the sound system in the restaurant serenades diners with classical music.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market | Jane & Michael Stern | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All of which makes Julie Chen an incongruously wonderful, androidesque host for the show.
And the incongruously bright, cheerful Haitian sky surely is a winning backdrop.
The talk between the three of them remained incongruously upon the surface always.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
At this moment, the sound of voices and the crashing chords of a piano broke in incongruously upon their mood.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
The affairs of life and death mix themselves incongruously enough, in this confused world.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
Instantly, a gillie incongruously in a flower-seller's dress, she was on her feet and walking a little ahead.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
These incongruously modern structures snuggled right up under the venerable walls of the battlements.The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for incongruous
(when postpositive, foll by with or to) incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
containing disparate or discordant elements or parts
- incongruously or incongruently, adverb
- incongruousness or incongruence, noun
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