infelicity

noun
in·​fe·​lic·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-fi-ˈli-sə-tē How to pronounce infelicity (audio) \
plural infelicities

Definition of infelicity

1 : the quality or state of being infelicitous
2 : something (such as a word or phrase) that is infelicitous minor infelicities

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Examples of infelicity in a Sentence

the infelicity of holiday decorations at a funeral home
Recent Examples on the Web But the infelicities of the translation are of relatively minor concern. Mitchell Abidor, The New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2020 The usual infelicities of intergenerational living — different standards of kitchen cleanliness, for example — set me on an edge that felt unwarranted. Mathina Calliope, Longreads, 3 Dec. 2019 And any fair examination of his record in office shows that these infelicities aren’t really relevant to a just evaluation of his performance. Conrad Black, National Review, 11 Sep. 2019 The book suffers from some infelicities: Alexander the Great is shown with two blue eyes, though he is said to have had one blue and one hazel, like David Bowie ; also, the samurai Tomoe Gozen fought a horde of attackers, not a hoard. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2018 There were some slight infelicities of ensemble playing at the beginnings of the slow movements, but otherwise this was a performance that was eager to draw the listener into communion with Copland’s affirmative spirit. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2018 The book suffers from some infelicities: Alexander the Great is shown with two blue eyes, though he is said to have had one blue and one hazel, like David Bowie ; also, the samurai Tomoe Gozen fought a horde of attackers, not a hoard. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2018 Your editor is not there merely to fix typographical errors, lapses of fact, mistaken homonyms, and other minor infelicities, though that is an essential part of the duty. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, 23 Mar. 2018 There were some slight infelicities of ensemble playing at the beginnings of the slow movements, but otherwise this was a performance that was eager to draw the listener into communion with Copland’s affirmative spirit. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of infelicity

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infelicity

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

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“Infelicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infelicity. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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