noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English infelicite unhappiness, from Latin infelicitas, from infelic-, infelix unhappy, from in- + felic-, felix fruitful — more at feminine Date: 1617 1. the quality or state of being infelicitous 2. something (as a word or phrase) that is infelicitous <
minor infelicities

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  • Infelicity — In fe*lic i*ty, n.; pl. {Infelicities}. [L. infelicitas: cf. F. inf[ e]licit[ e]. See {In } not, and {Felicity}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state or quality of being infelicitous; unhappiness; misery; wretchedness; misfortune; lack of suitableness or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infelicity — index distress (anguish), inexpedience, misfortune Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • infelicity — (n.) late 14c., from L. infelicitas ill luck, misfortune, from infelix (gen. infelicis) unfruitful, barren; unfortunate, unhappy, causing misfortune, unlucky, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + felix (see FELICITY (Cf. felicity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • infelicity — [in΄fə lis′ə tē] n. [L infelicitas < infelix, unfortunate: see IN 2 & FELICITY] 1. the quality or condition of being infelicitous 2. pl. infelicities something infelicitous; unsuitable or inapt remark, action, etc …   English World dictionary

  • infelicity — /in feuh lis i tee/, n., pl. infelicities for 3, 5. 1. the quality or state of being unhappy; unhappiness. 2. misfortune; bad luck. 3. an unfortunate circumstance; misfortune. 4. inaptness, inappropriateness, or awkwardness, as of action or… …   Universalium

  • infelicity — noun a) The condition of being infelicitous b) Something that is infelicitous or inappropriate …   Wiktionary

  • infelicity — Synonyms and related words: Gothicism, abnormality, aching heart, agony, agony of mind, anguish, anomaly, antiphrasis, bad taste, bale, barbarism, barbarousness, bitterness, bleeding heart, bombasticness, broken heart, cacology, cacophony,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • infelicity — in·fe lic·i·ty || ‚ɪnfɪ lɪsÉ™tɪ n. unhappiness; misfortune; something that is out of place; lack of suitability, inappropriateness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • infelicity — noun (plural infelicities) 1》 an act or thing that is inapt or inappropriate, especially a remark or expression. 2》 archaic unhappiness; misfortune …   English new terms dictionary

  • infelicity — n. 1. Unhappiness, wretchedness, misery, misfortune, calamity, ill luck. 2. Unfavorableness, unfortunate state. 3. Inappropriateness, unsuitableness, unfitness, awkwardness, bad taste …   New dictionary of synonyms

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