infelicitous

adjective
in·​fe·​lic·​i·​tous | \ˌin-fi-ˈli-sə-təs \

Definition of infelicitous 

: not felicitous: such as

a : not appropriate or well-timed an infelicitous remark

b : awkward, unfortunate an infelicitous moment

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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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Despite the infelicitous coincidence of the election date with Easter — which would normally have been expected to depress turnout — turnout actually ticked slightly upward from recent contests, to 67 percent. Amy Erica Smith, Vox, "Is Costa Rica’s presidential election a victory for liberalism?," 2 Apr. 2018 As in video games, the action is lurid, hyperkinetic, and gruesomely violent, with nods to Grand Theft Auto and a comparably infelicitous treatment of the few women characters who show up. Chicago Reader, "The 2017 Chicago International Film Festival, reviewed," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of infelicitous

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of infelicitous was in 1835

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