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Examples of incongruous in a Sentence
- There is something incongruous about Oslo. —Hugh C. McDonald, The Hour of the Blue Fox, 1975
- … it would be as incongruous to meet her at the end of a chapter as it would be to see the dawn break in the west … —Herman Wouk, Aurora Dawn, 1947
- He ate enormously, with a zest which seemed incongruous with his spare frame. —Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915
His outburst seemed incongruous to those who know him well.
there's an incongruous modernism to the actor's performance in this period piece
Recent Examples of incongruous from the Web
His pattern of introversion and a passion for a job that requires him to frequently schmooze might seem incongruous at first.
But the new Jumanji is also a lot of fun, thanks largely to the unexpectedly smart script’s most clever twist: upon arriving in the titular jungle, the teens vanish, replaced by their amusingly incongruous game avatars.
Persistently paltry returns—and incongruous boom scenes in places like Midland, Texas—prompted the Manhattan meeting.
In retrospect, there was something at first seemingly incongruous about my introduction to the neighborhood; seeing a once-a-year, centuries-old dance in a place so antithetical to tradition.
Lulu Filon, a young woman with a shady past, has been killed in her luxurious apartment — an incongruous combination.
The ban too seems incongruous with Australia’s lack of control over foreign influence through political donations that increasingly come from China.
In an industry whose catalyst is relentless novelty and perpetual newness, this zealous reverence for bygone fashions seems incongruous.
All of which may seem incongruous for someone whose magnum opus to date was a 1999 triple album called (and consisting of) 69 Love Songs.
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Did You Know?
Incongruous is a spin-off of its antonym, congruous, which means "in agreement, harmony, or correspondence." Etymologists are in agreement about the origin of both words; they trace to the Latin verb congruere, which means "to come together" or "to agree." The dates of the words' first uses in English match up pretty well, too. The first known use of congruous dates from 1599, and the earliest print appearance of incongruous dates from 1611.
Origin and Etymology of incongruous
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
Synonymsamiss, graceless, improper, inapposite, inapt, inappropriate, incorrect, indecorous, inept, infelicitous, malapropos, perverse, unapt, unbecoming, unfit, unhappy, unseemly, unsuitable, untoward, wrong
Antonymsappropriate, becoming, befitting, correct, decorous, felicitous, fit, fitting, genteel, happy, meet, proper, right, seemly, suitable
Related Wordsinopportune, unfortunate, unseasonable, untimely; extraneous, immaterial, inapplicable, irrelative, irrelevant; misbecoming, mismatched; incompatible, inconsistent, uncongenial; bad, naughty, sinful; blamable, blameworthy, censurable; banned, barred, disallowed; forbidden, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed; awkward, gauche, ungraceful; unacceptable, unsatisfactory
Near Antonymsfortunate, opportune, seasonable, timely; applicable, apposite, apropos, apt, germane, material, pat, pointed, relative, relevant; compatible, congenial, harmonious; allowed, authorized, permitted; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), kosher, licensed, sanctioned; abetted, encouraged, promoted, supported; acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, tolerable; commendable, creditable, exemplary; blameless, irreproachable; balanced, companionate, congruous, consonant, harmonious
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