un·​con·​ge·​nial | \ ˌən-kən-ˈjē-nyəl How to pronounce uncongenial (audio) , -nē-əl \

Definition of uncongenial

1 : not sympathetic or compatible uncongenial roommates
2a : not fitted : unsuitable a soil uncongenial to most crops
b : not to one's taste : disagreeable an uncongenial task

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uncongeniality \ ˌən-​kən-​ˌjē-​nē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce uncongeniality (audio) , -​ˌjēn-​ˈya-​ \ 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 intellectual energy of the galleries fizzled out in this strangely uncongenial, vertical space that was reminiscent of a shopping mall. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "The new MoMA is a lot bigger. But you may not learn as much about the art.," 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, "Does the Kennedy Center have a vision for its elegant but awkward new annex?," 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, "If Trump Wants War, He Owes Americans an Explanation," 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, "If borders were openA world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer," 13 July 2017 NO. 8: PIERRE BOULEZ, VIENNA PHILHARMONIC (Deutsche Grammophon) Boulez advocated for several seemingly uncongenial composers toward the end of his life, and Bruckner was a fortunate beneficiary. David Allen, New York Times, "A Long Party of Concerts to Celebrate Anton Bruckner," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of uncongenial

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uncongenial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncongenial. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncongenial

: not pleasant or enjoyable
: not proper or suited to a particular situation, person, etc.

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