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

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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, "Children’s Books: Clickety-Clackety Abracadabra!," 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,, "Your editor," 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, "Copland’s generous patriotism gets boost from SF Symphony," 16 Mar. 2018 Yet the sheer variety of interactions makes up for the occasional infelicity. Chris Suellentrop, Slate Magazine, "Super Mario Odyssey Embraces the Essential Weirdness of Mario," 26 Oct. 2017 To be fair, Mr. James does suggest that Britons, too, got their hands dirty, but the infelicities are framed within the moral rectitude of the mid-Victorians and their humanitarianism. Caroline Elkins, WSJ, "Europe’s Scramble for Africa," 9 Aug. 2017 The playwright Christina Masciotti turns mumbles, stutters and other linguistic infelicities into theatrical poetry. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 1 June 2017

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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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