Incongruous In*con"gru*ous, a. [L. incongruus. See {In-} not, and {Congruous}.] Not congruous; reciprocally disagreeing; not capable of harmonizing or readily assimilating; inharmonious; inappropriate; unsuitable; not fitting; inconsistent; improper; as, an incongruous remark; incongruous behavior, action, dress, etc. ``Incongruous mixtures of opinions.'' --I. Taylor. ``Made up of incongruous parts.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Incongruous denotes that kind of absence of harmony or suitableness of which the taste and experience of men takes cognizance. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]

{Incongruous numbers} (Arith.), two numbers, which, with respect to a third, are such that their difference can not be divided by it without a remainder, the two numbers being said to be incongruous with respect to the third; as, twenty and twenty-five are incongruous with respect to four.

Syn: Inconsistent; unsuitable; inharmonious; disagreeing; absurd; inappropriate; unfit; improper. See {Inconsistent}. -- {In*con"gru*ous*ly}, adv. -- {In*con"gru*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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