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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for incongruousness

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 incongruousness
adjective

characterized by inconsistency

Word Origin

Latin in- + congruere 'to come together'

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Word Origin and History for incongruousness

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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