incongruous

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adjective in·con·gru·ous \(ˌ)in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wəs\

Definition of incongruous

  1. :  lacking congruity: as a :  not harmonious :  incompatible <incongruous colors> b :  not conforming :  disagreeing <conduct incongruous with principle> c :  inconsistent within itself <an incongruous story> d :  lacking propriety :  unsuitable <incongruous manners>

incongruously

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incongruousness

noun

Examples of incongruous in a sentence

  1. There is something incongruous about Oslo. —Hugh C. McDonald, The Hour of the Blue Fox, 1975

  2. … 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

  3. He ate enormously, with a zest which seemed incongruous with his spare frame. —Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915

  4. His outburst seemed incongruous to those who know him well.

  5. <there's an incongruous modernism to the actor's performance in this period piece>

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: 1611


INCONGRUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective in·con·gru·ous \(ˌ)in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wəs\

Definition of incongruous for English Language Learners

  • : strange because of not agreeing with what is usual or expected


INCONGRUOUS Defined for Kids

incongruous

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adjective in·con·gru·ous \in-ˈkäŋ-grə-wəs\

Definition of incongruous for Students

  1. :  not proper, suitable, or in harmony <incongruous colors>



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