incongruous

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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,… …

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 incongruous — 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 > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 incongruous — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem ▪ find sth ADVERB ▪ completely, totally, utterly (esp. BrE) …

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  • 13 incongruous — adjective something that is incongruous seems strange and unsuitable because it is so unexpected in a particular situation and so different from everything around it: The modern building looked incongruous in such a quaint old village.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 incongruous — adjective 1) the women visiting the mission looked incongruous in their smart hats and fur coats Syn: out of place, out of keeping, inappropriate, unsuitable, unsuited; wrong, strange, odd, curious, queer, absurd, bizarre Ant: appropri …

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  • 15 incongruous — adjective /ˈɪn.kɒn.ɡɹʊu.ʌs,ˈɪn.kɒŋ.ɹʊu.ʌs,ɪnˈkɑn.ɡɹu.əs,ɪŋˈkɑŋ.ɡɹu.əs/ Not similar or congruent; not matching or fitting in. [P]erhaps he thought me, with my basket of summer fruit, and my lack of the dignity age confers, an incongruous figure in …

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  • 16 incongruous — adj. incongruous with * * * [ɪn kɒŋgrʊəs] incongruouswith …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 incongruous — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Inconsistent] Syn. contradictory, conflicting, incompatible, mismatched, irreconcilable, uncoordinated, unconnected, twisted, incoherent, distorted, unrelated, divergent, discrepant, irregular, unpredictable, shifting,… …

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  • 18 incongruous — in|con|gru|ous [ınˈkɔŋgruəs US ˈka:ŋ ] adj strange, unexpected, or unsuitable in a particular situation ▪ The new theatre looks utterly incongruous in its setting. >incongruously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 incongruous — Synonyms and related words: abnormal, absonant, absurd, amusing, anomalous, assorted, at odds, at variance, bad, bizarre, clashing, colliding, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, contrary to reason, contrasted, contrasting, departing, deviating …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 incongruous — in|con|gru|ous [ ın kaŋgruəs ] adjective strange because of being very different from other things that happen or exist in the same situation ╾ in|con|gru|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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