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incongruous

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adjective in·con·gru·ous \(ˌ)in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wəs\

Simple Definition of incongruous

  • : strange because of not agreeing with what is usual or expected

Full Definition of incongruous

  1. :  lacking congruity: as a :  not harmonious :  incompatible <incongruous colors> b :  not conforming :  disagreeing <conduct incongruous with principle> c :  inconsistent within itself <an incongruous story> d :  lacking propriety :  unsuitable <incongruous manners>

in·con·gru·ous·ly adverb
in·con·gru·ous·ness noun

Examples of incongruous

  1. There is something incongruous about Oslo. —Hugh C. McDonald, The Hour of the Blue Fox, 1975

  2. … it would be as incongruous to meet her at the end of a chapter as it would be to see the dawn break in the west … —Herman Wouk, Aurora Dawn, 1947

  3. He ate enormously, with a zest which seemed incongruous with his spare frame. —Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915

  4. His outburst seemed incongruous to those who know him well.

  5. <there's an incongruous modernism to the actor's performance in this period piece>



Origin of incongruous

Late Latin incongruus, from Latin in- + congruus congruous


First Known Use: 1611


INCONGRUOUS Defined for Kids

incongruous

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adjective in·con·gru·ous \in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wəs\

Definition of incongruous

  1. :  not proper, suitable, or in harmony <incongruous colors>





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