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Definition of "incongruous" []

  • Lacking in harmony; incompatible: a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation. (adjective)
  • Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent: a plan incongruous with reason. (adjective)
  • Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate: incongruous behavior. (adjective)
  • Incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Containing disparate or discordant elements or parts (adjective)

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Use "incongruous" in a sentence
  • "On occasion, however, material, geographical, and emotional distance resulted in incongruous appropriations that were the result of images and meanings randomly and bizarrely associated with each other."
  • "People dig it when they see other people dancing in incongruous places."
  • "That night -- I call it that though the constant weak daylight made the term incongruous -- activity showed in the City of Ice."