infelicity

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noun in·fe·lic·i·ty \ˌin-fi-ˈli-sə-tē\

Definition of infelicity

plural

infelicities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being infelicitous

  2. 2 :  something (such as a word or phrase) that is infelicitous minor infelicities

Examples of infelicity in a sentence

  1. the infelicity of holiday decorations at a funeral home

Origin and Etymology of infelicity

Middle English infelicite unhappiness, from Latin infelicitas, from infelic-, infelix unhappy, from in- + felic-, felix fruitful — more at feminine


First Known Use: 1617



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