incongruous


in·con·gru·ous

adjective \(ˌ)in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wəs\

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

Full Definition of INCONGRUOUS

:  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. His outburst seemed incongruous to those who know him well.
  2. <there's an incongruous modernism to the actor's performance in this period piece>
  3. There is something incongruous about Oslo. —Hugh C. McDonald, The Hour of the Blue Fox, 1975

Origin of INCONGRUOUS

Late Latin incongruus, from Latin in- + congruus congruous
First Known Use: 1611

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