un·​con·​ge·​nial ˌən-kən-ˈjē-nyəl How to pronounce uncongenial (audio)
: not sympathetic or compatible
uncongenial roommates
: not fitted : unsuitable
a soil uncongenial to most crops
: not to one's taste : disagreeable
an uncongenial task
uncongeniality noun

Examples of uncongenial in a Sentence

He was being asked to support a policy that was uncongenial to him. a dank and uncongenial castle that makes one question just how merry old England really was
Recent Examples on the Web The experiment was a flop, the living arrangements spare, the neighbors uncongenial, and the couple was in debt. Brenda Wineapple, The New York Review of Books, 19 Oct. 2022 Someone listening to an uncongenial podcast can turn it off and listen to something else or nothing at all, in total safety. Rich Lowry, National Review, 8 Feb. 2022 People who have broken down barriers thrown up by law, social convention and institutional intolerance tend to make uncongenial company. Star Tribune, 15 Jan. 2021 The Guston affair is a symptom of a society-wide deterioration of trust in institutions and tolerance for uncongenial expression. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2020 The intellectual energy of the galleries fizzled out in this strangely uncongenial, vertical space that was reminiscent of a shopping mall. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2019 But the $250 million Kennedy Center expansion, confined to a small and uncongenial urban footprint, was a significantly more challenging project. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2019 North Korea is a problem uncongenial to such messiness—the administration is leaving an awful lot of room for misunderstanding on a problem that admits little room for such mistakes. Kori Schake, The Atlantic, 2 Oct. 2017 If the worry is that immigrants will outvote the locals and impose an uncongenial government on them, one solution would be not to let immigrants vote—for five years, ten years or even a lifetime. The Economist, 13 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncongenial was in 1813

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“Uncongenial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncongenial. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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