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

Keep scrolling for more

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
Recent Examples on the Web The New York bill would implement a concept called extended producer responsibility, an incredibly infelicitous recycling term. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Recycling in America Is a Mess. A New Bill Could Clean It Up.," 27 Jan. 2021 That grid revision unfortunately resulted in some infelicitous words being added to the puzzle. New York Times, "Minotaur’s Island," 3 Feb. 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'infelicitous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of infelicitous

1835, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about infelicitous

Time Traveler for infelicitous

Time Traveler

The first known use of infelicitous was in 1835

See more words from the same year

Statistics for infelicitous

Last Updated

10 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Infelicitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on infelicitous

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for infelicitous

Comments on infelicitous

What made you want to look up infelicitous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!