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, incompatible, incongruent, inconsistent, irreconcilable, irregular, jumbled, lopsided, mismatched, out of keeping*, rambling, shifting, twisted, unavailing, unbalanced, unbecoming, unconnected, uncoordinated, uneven, unintelligible, unpredictable, unrelated, unsuitable, unsuited; concepts 547,558 —Ant. compatible, congruous, consistent, corresponding, fitting, harmonious, matched, suitable, uniform

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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:… …  

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