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incongruous

[in-kong-groo-uh s] /ɪnˈkɒŋ gru əs/
adjective
1.
out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming:
an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
2.
not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts:
an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
3.
inconsistent:
actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.
Origin of incongruous
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin incongruus inconsistent. See in-3, congruous
Related forms
incongruously, adverb
incongruousness, noun
Can be confused
congruous, congruent, incongruous, incongruent.
Synonyms
1. discrepant, unsuitable, ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd. 2. inharmonious, discordant. 3. contrary, contradictory. See inconsistent.
Antonyms
1. becoming, appropriate. 2. consonant. 3. consistent.
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  • An arcade of the time of the Renaissance, extremely beautiful, but incongruous, encloses these carvings.

    Barn and the Pyrenees Louisa Stuart Costello
  • The silliness of the situation burned her sense of the incongruous.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • It came to him as a thing absurd and incongruous that this should be his home.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • Ah, it looked grim and incongruous in that peaceful English nursery!

    Four Days Hetty Hemenway
  • Another time Jason might have laughed at his incongruous waddle, but not now.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for incongruous

incongruous

/ɪnˈkɒŋɡrʊəs/
adjective
1.
when postpositive, foll by with or to. incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
2.
containing disparate or discordant elements or parts
Derived Forms
incongruously, incongruently, adverb
incongruousness, incongruence, noun
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Contemporary definitions for incongruous
adjective

characterized by inconsistency

Word Origin

Latin in- + congruere 'to come together'

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Word Origin and History for incongruous
adj.

1610s, from Latin incongruus "incongruous," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + congruus "fit, suitable" (see congruent). Related: Incongruously.

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