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  • If, as Fr Schall announces, the president has supporters at the N.D. Faculty and many of them as well as eligible students voted for him we can easily deduce that the most reputable Catholic University in the US, being a "friendly genteel soil" for the man who has proven so quickly how anti-catholic he can be, we must then accept Notre Dame as a House of Incongruity.

    Fr. Reese's flawed arguments for Pres. Obama at Notre Dame

  • Although I'm not particularly wealthy, only a five hundred thousand Elevator's Kroner Incongruity per daylight, I have always tried to help the uniforms of this worrier ... with symposium and understanding.

    Why is There Scientist Instead of Wisdom?

  • Incongruity was the word I was looking for, but my mind went blank.

    "You know, I actually did" -- Obama actually did consider serving in the military.

  • Irony: Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs (definition via American Heritage Dictionary).

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Secrets of the Silver Screen: Irony

  • Evidence from the nature of things occurs “when there is such a Congruity or Incongruity betwixt the Terms of a Proposition, or the Deduction of one Proposition from another, as doth either satisfy the mind, or else leaves it in doubt and hesitation about them” (Wilkins, p. 4).

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Incongruity sparked a scarcely-controllable impulse to hysterical laughter.

    The Short Life

  • Incongruity, however, is of the very texture of Synge's art, which has reconciled qualities, as I have said, never before reconciled in English literature.

    Irish Plays and Playwrights

  • Incongruity, or the association of dissimilar ideas, is the most frequent cause of laughter to his readers.

    History of American Literature

  • Incongruity is, however, so much a matter of habit and association and individual variation, that it is extraordinarily difficult to forecast whether any particular act will seem ridiculous to any particular class, or how long the sense of incongruity will in any case persist.

    Human Nature in Politics Third Edition

  • Incongruity, being the prevailing force, possibly accounted for the contrary character of the names, for there was little euphony in the minstrelsy of the one or a monopoly of brindle appearance in the other, for each faction's contingent, were about equally spotted with the sons of Ham.

    Shadow and Light An Autobiography with Reminiscences of the Last and Present Century

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