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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
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.
Rise and Fall's points-chasing in the ages system feels incongruous with the Civilization experience.
But the film's comic contrivances and extravagant banter can seem incongruous in a dramatic context that flips between grotesque parody and gritty realism.
In other words, an incongruous backdrop for a rustic-chic Howard Backen blockbuster.
Though the elements may seem incongruous, Patrick pulls all the pieces together by injecting a sweet, amiable vulnerability into his performance.
The trick to combining incongruous patterns is to find, somewhere in their design, a cohesive thread of color that provides a connection.
Old and new For now, Camp North End is an incongruous blend of old and new – uncommon in Charlotte, a city with a reputation for tearing down old buildings and replacing them with plaques.
Many critics of the modern megachurch movement have complained that some pastors have been known to show off their riches in an unseemly fashion, incongruous with religious teachings.
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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
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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