Definition of incongruous
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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
A more compelling villain would have helped matters, and one scene in which Diana brutally impales a foe with her sword is an incongruous fit with the movie’s overall tone.
The Allman Brothers' version of this old Willie Cobbs song, based on a rendition by Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, was always a bouncy, upbeat one, incongruous against the heartbreak-heavy lyrics, but sometimes that's what makes for the best result.
A sadistic Saw-style challenge like this might seem incongruous in the middle of a late-night comedy show.
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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
Late Latin incongruus, from Latin in- + congruus congruous
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
INCONGRUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incongruous for English Language Learners
: strange because of not agreeing with what is usual or expected
INCONGRUOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of incongruous for Students
: not proper, suitable, or in harmony incongruous colors
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