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[in-kuh n-groo-i-tee, -kuh ng-] /ˌɪn kənˈgru ɪ ti, -kəŋ-/
noun, plural incongruities for 2.
the quality or condition of being incongruous.
something incongruous.
Origin of incongruity
1525-35; < Late Latin incongruitās. See in-3, congruity Unabridged
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  • Does the incongruity of such an arrangement strike no one among the religiously-minded people who visit Le Puy?

    France Gordon Cochrane Home
  • He felt no incongruity in the veteran Parmenides correcting the youthful Socrates.

    Parmenides Plato
  • There is, however, a perpetual conflict amongst feelings, from which results an incongruity of beliefs.

  • They are more than double her age, and yet they can see no incongruity in hoping to win her.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • Graingers words in Miss Barbaras voice were the more pathetic for their incongruity.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The incongruity of the word was enough to make one jump out of the chair.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • "Oh, you are not going to put that on," said Nora, whose own training had made her sensitive to incongruity in dress.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • What could come of such a collocation of names but a life of incongruity and absurdity!

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • An odd bit of incongruity was the inclusion of his name in the list of managers of the Inaugural Ball of 1849.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for incongruity


noun (pl) -ties
something incongruous
the state or quality of being incongruous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incongruity

1530s, from French incongruité or directly from Medieval Latin incongruitas, from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + congruitas (see congruity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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