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infelicity

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noun in·fe·lic·i·ty \-sə-tē\

Definition of infelicity

plural infelicities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being infelicitous

  2. 2 :  something (as a word or phrase) that is infelicitous <minor infelicities>



Examples of infelicity in a sentence

  1. <the infelicity of holiday decorations at a funeral home>



Origin of infelicity

Middle English infelicite unhappiness, from Latin infelicitas, from infelic-, infelix unhappy, from in- + felic-, felix fruitful — more at feminine


First Known Use: 1617


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