infelicity

[ in-fuh-lis-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn fəˈlɪs ɪ ti /

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.

Origin of infelicity

1350–1400; Middle English infelicite < Latin infēlīcitās. See in-3, felicity
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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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Word Origin and History for infelicity

infelicity


n.

late 14c., from Latin infelicitas "ill luck, misfortune," from infelix (genitive infelicis) "unfruitful, barren; unfortunate, unhappy, causing misfortune, unlucky," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + felix (see felicity).

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