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incongruous

in·con·gru·ous

incongruous

 
 
pronunciation:
In kang gru s
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not suitable or fitting; out of place.
Shorts were incongruous attire for this formal occasion.
synonyms:
inappropriate, incongruent, unfitting, unsuitable
antonyms:
congruous
similar words:
improper, odd, out of place, outlandish, strange, unbecoming
definition 2: not blending together harmoniously.
To my ear, the piece is a collection of incongruous notes.He and she had incongruous tastes, and deciding on furnishings was always a difficult business.
synonyms:
disparate, incompatible, mismatched, motley
antonyms:
harmonious
similar words:
clashing, discordant, dissonant, divergent, odd, strange
definition 3: not consistent.
This statement was incongruous with his previous remarks.
synonyms:
conflicting, incompatible, inconsistent
antonyms:
congruent
similar words:
ajar, contradictory
derivations: incongruously (adv.), incongruousness (n.)
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The word incongruous contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.