malapropos

[mal-ap-ruh-poh]
adjective
1.
inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely: a malapropos remark.
adverb
2.
inappropriately; inopportunely.

Origin:
1660–70; < French mal à propos badly (suited) to the purpose

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malapropos (ˌmælæprəˈpəʊ)
 
adj
1.  of an inappropriate or misapplied nature or kind
 
adv
2.  in an inappropriate way or manner
 
n
3.  something inopportune or inappropriate
 
[C17: from French mal à propos not to the purpose]

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malapropos
1660s, from Fr. mal à propos "inopportunely, inappropriately," lit. "badly for the purpose," from mal (see mal-) + proposer "propose."
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Example sentences
Questions of etiquette and humility are at best malapropos in this context.
As more countries ban smoking in public places, his idea might seem malapropos.
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