[ in-fuh-lis-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn fəˈlɪs ɪ ti /
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noun, plural in·fe·lic·i·ties for 3, 5.

the quality or state of being unhappy; unhappiness.
misfortune; bad luck.
an unfortunate circumstance; misfortune.
inaptness, inappropriateness, or awkwardness, as of action or expression.
something inapt or infelicitous: infelicities of style.



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Origin of infelicity

1350–1400; Middle English infelicite<Latin infēlīcitās.See in-3, felicity
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British Dictionary definitions for infelicity

/ (ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being unhappy or unfortunate
an instance of bad luck or mischance; misfortune
something, esp a remark or expression, that is inapt or inappropriate
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