from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being infelicitous.
- n. Something inappropriate or unpleasing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being infelicitous
- n. Something that is infelicitous or inappropriate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being infelicitous; unhappiness; misery; wretchedness; misfortune; lack of suitableness or appropriateness.
- n. That (as an act, word, expression, etc.) which is infelicitous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lack of felicity or good fortune; unhappiness; misfortune; misery.
- n. Unfavorableness; inappropriateness; inaptness: as, the infelicity of the occasion.
- n. An inapt, unskilful, or imperfect mode of expression, or the expression itself: as, infelicities of style.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inappropriate and unpleasing manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
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.
In 1911 a broadside titled "The Heathen Invasion" claimed that yoga "leads to domestic infelicity, and insanity and death."
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.”
Only six years ago, the Met introduced a production of Faust by the insufferable Andrei Serban -- I can only suppose its infelicity prompted a new one relatively soon.
The Bishops treat the matter with singular infelicity, when they suggest that the working classes might enjoy the same amount of relaxation on a weekday.
In the novel, Solomon and his mahout Subhro (whom the archduke renames, with true Habsburg infelicity, Fritz) proceed through various landscapes at an unhurried pace, attended by various functionaries and military men, and meeting along the way with villagers and townsfolk who variously interpret the sudden enigma of an elephant entering their lives.
How could such an obvious infelicity have been allowed to stand?
On that decision would depend our political prosperity or infelicity, perhaps our existence as a nation.
I dunno, maybe it was the infelicity of the wording of the call for submissions, but I just can't shake the feeling of awkward here.
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