in·​con·​gru·​ent | \ ˌin-kən-ˈgrü-ənt How to pronounce incongruent (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wənt \

Definition of incongruent

: not congruent incongruent triangles

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Other Words from incongruent

incongruently adverb

Examples of incongruent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 76ers have Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, whose skill sets might be incongruent with each other but are still brilliant talents in their own ways. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "Pelicans coaching candidates: Why Tyronn Lue is in such high demand across NBA," 1 Sep. 2020 The switch helps explain Rey’s massive Force powers in the first two films and is a dramatic twist for TROS, but also adds an incongruent feeling to a key part of the trilogy’s storyline. James Hibberd,, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 Noda drew inspiration from the album to write the first new NODA MAP production in two-and-a-half years, combining the seemingly incongruent components of 12th century Japan, Queen, and Shakespearean tragedy in a convincing and entertaining way. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Queen-Inspired Theater Performance Opens in Japan as 'Q: A Night at The Kabuki'," 11 Oct. 2019 This is why their emotional reaction may seem incongruent with the intensity of the actual interaction. NBC News, "Your adult child resents the way you parented them. Here's how to handle it.," 14 Aug. 2019 This is inherently incongruent to the principles and methodology of XR and FFF. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Global movement Extinction Rebellion is spawning India’s future climate change warriors," 24 July 2019 But controlling what users say, especially their political views, has always been incongruent with Ottman's values. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Minds Is the Anti-Facebook That Pays You for Your Time," 19 Apr. 2018 Like the Dirty Dozen, each had an area of expertise (jazz horn, rockabilly guitar, Booker T.-style organ), and this gave the Monks an edge that came more from their own harmoniously incongruent regional quirks than from the schemes of any Svengali. Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader, "Reviewed: Twista’s disjointed but generous Crook County and 11 more new releases," 26 July 2017 Mark Bowen’s murderous Jonathan Brewster and Paul Burt’s Dr. Einstein are a comically incongruent duo – Orange County Register, "Fullerton-based ‘Arsenic’ packs a potent punch," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of incongruent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incongruent

Middle English, from Latin incongruent-, incongruens, from in- + congruent-, congruens congruent

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“Incongruent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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