[in-fuh-lis-i-tuh s]


inapt, inappropriate, or awkward; malapropos: an infelicitous remark.
not felicitous, happy, or fortunate; unhappy.

Origin of infelicitous

First recorded in 1825–35; in-3 + felicitous
Related formsin·fe·lic·i·tous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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not felicitous; unfortunate
inappropriate or unsuitable
Derived Formsinfelicitously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for infelicitous

1754, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + felicitous. Related: infelicitously.

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