infelicitous

[in-fuh-lis-i-tuh s]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. infectious warts virus,
  2. infective,
  3. infective embolism,
  4. infective endocarditis,
  5. infecund,
  6. infelicity,
  7. infer,
  8. inference,
  9. inferencing,
  10. inferential

Origin of infelicitous

First recorded in 1825–35; in-3 + felicitous

Related formsin·fe·lic·i·tous·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for infelicitous

infelicitous

adjective

not felicitous; unfortunate
inappropriate or unsuitable
Derived Formsinfelicitously, adverb

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Word Origin and History for infelicitous

infelicitous

adj.

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

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