incongruous

[in-kong-groo-uhs]
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:
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.
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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
 
adj
 
in'congruously or incongruent
 
adv
 
in'congruently or incongruent
 
adv
 
in'congruousness or incongruent
 
n
 
in'congruence or incongruent
 
n

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incongruous
1611, from L. incongruus, from in- "not" + congruus (see congruent).
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Example sentences
The central figure, incongruously, holds a burning cigarette.
Acts of dissent in a totalitarian state can seem incongruously mundane.
The words, alternately self-loathing and self-exculpating, were incongruously
  set to one of his loveliest melodies.
Instead, energy comes from an incongruously bright red battery bank behind the
  clubhouse.
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