in·​fe·​lic·​i·​tous | \ ˌin-fi-ˈli-sə-təs How to pronounce infelicitous (audio) \

Definition of infelicitous

: not felicitous: such as
a : not appropriate or well-timed an infelicitous remark
b : awkward, unfortunate an infelicitous moment

Other Words from infelicitous

infelicitously adverb

Examples of infelicitous in a Sentence

an infelicitous comment on the weight of the guest of honor at the banquet
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First Known Use of infelicitous

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Infelicitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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