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Definition of "infelicity" [in•fe•lic•i•ty]

  • The quality or condition of being infelicitous. (noun)
  • Something inappropriate or unpleasing. (noun)

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.

Use "infelicity" in a sentence
  • "The still-born child's infelicity is only negative (ver. 4, 5), but that of the covetous worldling is positive; he lives a great while to see himself miserable, ver."
  • "Mr. Perry's now-famous gaffes, for which he's been roundly criticized, are said to suggest an infelicity of language."
  • "As Flexner observes, “History does not always draw noble men from noble mothers, preferring sometimes to temper her future heroes in the furnaces of domestic infelicity.”"