adjective Etymology: Late Latin incongruus, from Latin in- + congruus congruous Date: 1611 lacking congruity: as a. not harmonious ; incompatible <
incongruous colors
b. not conforming ; disagreeing <
conduct incongruous with principle
c. inconsistent within itself <
an incongruous story
d. lacking propriety ; unsuitable <
incongruous manners
incongruously adverbincongruousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incongruous — (adj.) 1610s, from L. incongruus incongruous, from in not, opposite of, without (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + congruus fit, suitable (see CONGRUENT (Cf. congruent)). Related: Incongruously …   Etymology dictionary

  • incongruous — I adjective alien, alienus, at odds, at variance, clashing, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, disharmonious, disproportionate, dissonant, divergent, ill matched, illogical, improper,… …   Law dictionary

  • incongruous — inconsonant, uncongenial, incompatible, inconsistent, discordant, discrepant, unsympathetic Analogous words: alien, foreign, extraneous (see EXTRINSIC): grotesque, bizarre, *fantastic Antonyms: congruous Contrasted words: fitting, suitable,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • incongruous — [adj] out of place; absurd alien, bizarre, conflicting, contradictory, disconsonant, discordant, disparate, distorted, divergent, extraneous, fantastic, fitful, foreign, illogical, improper, inappropriate, inapropos, inapt, incoherent,… …   New thesaurus

  • incongruous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ out of place. DERIVATIVES incongruity noun (pl. incongruities) incongruously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • incongruous — [in käŋ′gro͞o əs, inkän′gro͞o əs] adj. [L incongruus] not congruous; specif., a) lacking harmony or agreement; incompatible b) having inconsistent or inharmonious parts, elements, etc. c) not corresponding to what is right, proper, or reasonable; …   English World dictionary

  • incongruous — incongruously, adv. incongruousness, n. /in kong grooh euhs/, adj. 1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior. 2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an… …   Universalium

  • incongruous — [[t]ɪnkɒ̱ŋgruəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is incongruous seems strange when considered together with other aspects of a situation. [FORMAL] She was small and fragile and looked incongruous in an army uniform... The Indian temple… …   English dictionary

  • incongruous — /ɪnˈkɒŋgruəs / (say in konggroohuhs) adjective 1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming; absurd: an incongruous effect. 2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: incongruous mixtures. 3. inconsistent:… …   Australian English dictionary

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