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apropos

adjective ap·ro·pos \ ˌa-prə-ˈpō , ˈa-prə-ˌ \

Definition of apropos

:being both relevant and opportune
  • apropos comments

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Examples of apropos in a Sentence

  1. This short yet spacious and powerful book … reminds us of the careful and apropos writing of J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Uwe Timm. —Thomas McGuaneNew York Times Book Review24 June 2007
  2. The late Kenneth Koch's description of Ashbery as "lazy and quick" remains thoroughly apropos; these 61 page-or-two poems can seem brilliantly tossed off, much like those in his 2000 collection, Your Name Here. The title is appropriate too: Chinese Whispers is the British name for the game of Telephone, where children (or adults) gather in a circle and whisper a "secret" word or phrase into the ear next to them. Publishers Weekly19 Aug. 2002
  3. The ceremony concluded with the reading of an apropos poem.

  4. The comment, though unexpected, was apropos.

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Origin and Etymology of apropos

French à propos, literally, to the purpose

Synonym Discussion of apropos

relevant, germane, material, pertinent, apposite, applicable, apropos mean relating to or bearing upon the matter in hand. relevant implies a traceable, significant, logical connection.
    • found material relevant to her case
germane may additionally imply a fitness for or appropriateness to the situation or occasion.
    • a point not germane to the discussion
material implies so close a relationship that it cannot be dispensed with without serious alteration of the case.
    • facts material to the investigation
pertinent stresses a clear and decisive relevance.
    • a pertinent observation
apposite suggests a felicitous relevance.
    • add an apposite quotation to the definition
applicable suggests the fitness of bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case.
    • the rule is not applicable in this case
apropos suggests being both relevant and opportune.
    • the quip was apropos

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apropos

preposition ap·ro·pos \ ˌa-prə-ˈpō , ˈa-prə-ˌ \

Definition of apropos

:with regard to (something) :apropos of
  • Apropos the proposed changes, I think more information is needed.

Did You Know?

English borrowed "apropos" from the French phrase à propos, literally "to the purpose." Since it first appeared in 1668, "apropos" has been used as an adverb, adjective, noun, and preposition. Left alone, the word probably wouldn't have gotten much attention, but in 1926 noted language expert H. W. Fowler declared that "apropos" should always be followed by "of." Since then, most commentators have felt compelled to take note of the term. Some take Fowler's recommendation to be virtually a commandment, but others note that "apropos" is sometimes used by itself in professionally edited prose, or, more rarely, followed by "to."

Origin and Etymology of apropos

apropos Synonyms


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apropos

adverb ap·ro·pos \ ˌa-prə-ˈpō , ˈa-prə-ˌ \

Definition of apropos

1 :at an opportune time :seasonably
  • Your letter arrived apropos.
2 :by way of interjection or further comment :with regard to the present topic

Examples of apropos in a Sentence

  1. I went up to New York last weekend; apropos, have you seen your New York cousins lately?

Origin and Etymology of apropos

apropos Synonyms

Synonyms
en passant, incidentally, by the by (or by the bye), by the way, in passing
Related Words
digressively, excursively, interjectionally, parenthetically, secondarily, tangentially




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