Definition of infelicity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnfɪˈlɪsɪti/

noun (plural infelicities)

1A thing that is inappropriate, especially a remark or expression: she winced at their infelicities and at the clumsy way they talked
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  • Yes, I dare say you can find errors and infelicities in the posts on this noble blog.
  • Regrettably, the book is marred by numerous infelicities and occasional outright errors of translation.
  • All of them made me think again about important aspects of the work, and prevented many errors and infelicities from reaching a wider audience.
2 [mass noun] archaic Unhappiness; misfortune: the infelicity which accompanies some people through life
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  • Like an ass, he wears out his time for provender, and can show an old torn gown, an ensign of his infelicity.
  • Her infelicity seemed to have years too many.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'unhappiness'): from Latin infelicitas, from infelix, infelic- 'unhappy', from in- 'not' + felix 'happy'.

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