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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)

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 "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."