congruous

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adjective con·gru·ous \ ˈkäŋ-grü-əs \

Definition of congruous

1 a :being in agreement, harmony, or correspondence
  • Their achievements were congruous with their abilities.
b :conforming to the circumstances or requirements of a situation :appropriate
  • … a congruous room to work in …
  • —George Bernard Shaw
2 :marked or enhanced by harmonious agreement among constituent elements
  • a congruous theme

congruously

adverb

congruousness

noun

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Examples of congruous in a Sentence

  1. the congruous layout of the mansion's formal gardens conveys a sense of both grandeur and intimacy

  2. when performing his official duties, the president must be dressed in clothes that are congruous with his high position

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Congruous has been used in English since at least 1599, when it appeared in the following description: "All the parts of his bodie were in good proportion, and congruous as a man could wish." It has remained more or less true to its Latin roots: it is derived from Latin congruus, an adjective that comes from the verb "congruere," which means "to come together" or "to agree." Another familiar "congruere" descendant in English is "congruent," which first appeared at least a century earlier with the same meaning as "congruous." We also acquired "congrue," a verb meaning "to be in harmony" or "to agree," from "congruere," but it has since become obsolete.

Origin and Etymology of congruous

Latin congruus, from congruere to come together, agree


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