in·​con·​gru·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-kən-ˈgrü-ə-tē How to pronounce incongruity (audio) , -ˌkän- \
plural incongruities

Definition of incongruity

1 : the quality or state of being incongruous
2 : something that is incongruous

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Examples of incongruity in a Sentence

she's an incongruity: an impeccably groomed woman who keeps a messy house
Recent Examples on the Web Critics of the Kabul strike pointed to the incongruity of acknowledging the mistake but not finding anyone accountable for wrongdoing. New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 Also marvelous is González, whose comic timing makes the down-to-earth Manny hilarious, even when the play is most obviously milking incongruity. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Critics of the strike pointed to the incongruity of acknowledging the mistake but not finding anyone responsible for any wrongdoing, a point that General Said touched on in his remarks. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 And Biden himself noted the incongruity of calling for cuts in carbon emissions while pressuring oil producing nations to pump faster to bring down politically damaging high US gasoline prices. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 1 Nov. 2021 The incongruity was on center stage both at the global climate summit currently taking place in Scotland, and in Rome this past weekend during a gathering of leaders from the 20 largest economies. New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021 Their work as a composer can range from eerie to stately, but there is always an underlying incongruity. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2021 Their brain will see the incongruity and demand to know more. Pia Silva, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Ji-Yoon and Bill aren’t at that level of incongruity by any means., 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of incongruity

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Dec 2021

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“Incongruity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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