con·​gru·​ence | \ kən-ˈgrü-ən(t)s How to pronounce congruence (audio) , ˈkäŋ-grü-ən(t)s How to pronounce congruence (audio) \

Definition of congruence

1 : the quality or state of agreeing, coinciding, or being congruent … the happy congruence of nature and reason …— Gertrude Himmelfarb
2 : a statement that two numbers or geometric figures are congruent

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Examples of congruence in a Sentence

little apparent congruence between her professed concern for the poor and her own extravagant lifestyle
Recent Examples on the Web Delgado’s choice of monochromatic cinematography resonates with the film’s examination of polarizing political issues, but that congruence doesn’t compensate for some obvious technical challenges. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'La Leyenda Negra': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 28 Jan. 2020 To find the congruence requires a long, and at times frustrating, journey, to what some call Mexico profundo—the country’s ancient roots. The Economist, "Leonora Carrington Searching for Britain’s most important surrealist," 18 Dec. 2019 Moneymaker disagrees, saying the congruence of evidence is just too much; the tracks, audio recordings, eye witnesses, and hair samples. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "I Found Bigfoot...Maybe," 17 July 2019 In congruence with typical replay reviews, conclusive visual evidence is required to overturn a call on the floor. Jake Fischer,, "Coach's Challenges Are Coming: Is the NBA Ready?," 10 July 2019 While fans were rightly excited about the signing of the Guinean international, fans believe that the congruence between the photos of Keita and the apparent 'leaked' photo of Fekir proves that those images were real., "Liverpool Fans Convinced That 'Leaked' Photo of Nabil Fekir in a Reds' Shirt Was Genuine," 28 June 2018 Yet the Holocaust has unavoidable international dimensions—lines of influence, circles of complicity, moments of congruence. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 Hulu asserted its ambition last year with the dystopian literary adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale, a drama that resonated with viewers thanks to its congruence with certain strains in the culture in 2017. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Looming Tower Tells a Darkly Ironic Story About the Pre-9/11 Years," 28 Feb. 2018 Heathers‘s problem of tone is not just the accidental congruence that crops up when artists take risks. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Heathers Reboot Is Delayed. But the Show Was Always a Bad Idea," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of congruence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Congruence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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