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incongruous

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkɒŋɡrʊəs
 
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Definition of incongruous in English:

adjective

Not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something: the duffel coat looked incongruous with the black dress she wore underneath
More example sentences
  • But this was all a tad incongruous in the surroundings of what looked like a converted garage.
  • The spaghetti western mood was slightly dampened by an incongruous collection of artesania stalls in the square.
  • Having lived among it in its homeland though, US culture suddenly seems strangely incongruous here.
Synonyms
out of place, out of keeping, inappropriate, unsuitable, unsuited, not in harmony;
discordant, dissonant, conflicting, clashing, jarring, wrong, at odds, in opposition, contrary, contradictory, irreconcilable;
strange, odd, absurd, bizarre, off-key, extraneous
informal like a fish out of water, sticking/standing out a mile
rare disconsonant

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin incongruus (from in- 'not' + congruus 'agreeing, suitable', from the verb congruere) + -ous.

Derivatives

incongruously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • She looks something like a Dutch flower-piece, with bunches of roses and freesias tied with ribbons to her sheepcrook and to her straw sunhat, the pink braid around its rim looking incongruously like a halo.
  • Hotels, a golf course, casinos and even a reconstructed medieval French cloister are incongruously scattered on its 277 hectares.
  • This magnificent building lauded as a perfect example of Art Deco, though it strikes one as incongruously European, counter balances the architecture of the Fort.

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