out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
inconsistent: actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.

1605–15; < Latin incongruus inconsistent. See in-3, congruous

incongruously, adverb
incongruousness, noun

congruous, congruent, incongruous, incongruent.

1. discrepant, unsuitable, ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd. 2. inharmonious, discordant. 3. contrary, contradictory. See inconsistent.

1. becoming, appropriate. 2. consonant. 3. consistent. Unabridged
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incongruous or incongruent (ɪnˈkɒŋɡrʊəs)
adj (when postpositive, foll by with or to)
1.  incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
2.  containing disparate or discordant elements or parts
incongruent or incongruent
in'congruously or incongruent
in'congruently or incongruent
in'congruousness or incongruent
in'congruence or incongruent

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Main Entry:  incongruous1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  not congruous; disagreeing and inharmonious in character
Etymology:  Latin in- + congruere 'to come together'
Main Entry:  incongruous2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  disagreeing with circumstances; unsuitable, inappropriate
Etymology:  Latin in- + congruere 'to come together'
Main Entry:  incongruous3
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  characterized by inconsistency
Etymology:  Latin in- + congruere 'to come together''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1611, from L. incongruus, from in- "not" + congruus (see congruent).
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Example sentences
The two systems are at once perceived to be incongruous.
It's a funny reference, but it's also a clue to how she came to build her new
  sound, employing culturally incongruous elements.
Standing in blonde tresses and heels, she is a fabulously incongruous sight
  here in the mountains.
His early musical influences were somewhat incongruous: folk, delta blues and
  jug band music.
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