in·​con·​gru·​ence | \ ˌin-kən-ˈgrü-ən(t)s How to pronounce incongruence (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wən(t)s How to pronounce incongruence (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web There is a curious incongruence between this music’s gestural language, which is late-Romantic and strongly recalls Strauss, and its texture, whose leanness and acidity owe more to midcentury Austro-German modernists like Hans Werner Henze. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 Branstrom and colleague John Pachankis of the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut found that as of 2015, 2,679 people in Sweden had a diagnosis of gender incongruence, out of the total population of 9.7 million. NBC News, "Sex-reassignment surgery yields long-term mental health benefits, study finds," 11 Nov. 2019 Somehow, this kind of rigorous, thoughtful probing still manages to coexist in perfect harmony with the show’s barbed sense of humor, an incongruence that Streep, in particular, seems to relish. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Family Values of Big Little Lies," 7 June 2019 But most striking is how the report highlights the incongruence of what the science says about climate change and what the Trump administration is doing about it. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The National Climate Assessment shows that the costs of doing nothing on climate change are immense.," 26 Nov. 2018 For that reason, keeping gender incongruence in the ICD-11–but moving it to a different chapter–maintains access to health care like hormones or surgery that some trans people may be seeking. Sarah Klein,, "Being Transgender Was Considered a Mental Illness by the World Health Organization—But That's Finally Changing," 20 June 2018 The definition of incongruence is not compatible, not the same or out of place. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This L.A.-Based Artist Wants You to Consider Your Immigrant Status," 4 Apr. 2018 This incongruence hasn’t gone unnoticed by NFL fans in support of Kaepernick’s activism: a #NoKaepernickNoNFL petition calling for a boycott until Kaepernick returns to the league has already gathered over 175,000 signatures. Mary Wang, Vogue, "Apparently, Sexual Assault Still Isn't As Bad For NFL Ratings As Colin Kaepernick’s Act of Protest," 2 Sep. 2017 But incongruence isn't necessarily a bad thing; far from it. Doug Maccash,, "John Mayer achieves the sublime at the Smoothie King Center," 10 Aug. 2017

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1610, in the meaning defined above

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“Incongruence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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