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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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  • Perhaps it is the incongruity that moves us, such large enthusiasms in such small bodies.
  • One only needs to look at the number of remedial courses offered to see the incongruity.
  • The incongruity is when the taxpayer is required to finance or to pick-up the bill for losses when high-risk businesses fail.
  • It's the incongruity of the patent holders with their invention, as much as the invention itself, that is remarkable.
  • From this simple mathematical incongruity can be derived many of the fabled horrors of the music industry.
  • And any one who permits himself this incongruity is likely to be betrayed into actual blunders.
  • The delicious incongruity between our superficiality and our importance.
  • The final wisdom of life requires, not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.
  • Her parties have always a certain romance and distinction from the presence of this incongruity.
  • It's the simple appeal of the incongruity between suburbia and wild animal that was almost riveting to see.
British Dictionary definitions for incongruity


noun (pl) -ties
something incongruous
the state or quality of being incongruous
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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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