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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
That image of Starbucks was incongruous with the video of two men being handcuffed and surrounded by at least six police officers.
Commit to a single color in a room - Choose either warm or cool colors: mixing lighting colors will create an incongruous look.
That left $190,000 for the reno, which seemed incongruous?
There may be economic reasons for that, but still, the disparity in sourcing between the kitchen and the bar in the Bay Area seems incongruous.
Amusingly, the onset of the new material age had its genesis in two seemingly incongruous and unlikely venues.
On the stair landing between the two floors is an incongruous gesture to emptiness—a Buddha head and a few stones.
That incongruous image of Claire walking amongst the Culloden dead?
If citing a late-night network TV comedy sketch in an Upper East Side gallery feels somewhat incongruous, let’s just say that Fonssagrives-Solow appreciates a high-low aesthetic.
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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.
amiss, graceless, improper, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, incorrect, indecorous, inept, infelicitous, malapropos, perverse, unapt, unbecoming, unfit, unhappy, unseemly, unsuitable, untoward, wrong;
out of place, out of the way;
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
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