from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or fact of being congruous.
  • noun The quality or fact of being congruent.
  • noun A point of agreement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being congruous; agreement between things; harmony of relation; fitness; pertinence; consistency; appropriateness.
  • noun In scholastic theology, the performance of good actions, which is supposed to render it meet and equitable that God should confer grace on those who perform them. See condignity, 2.
  • noun In geometry, equality; capacity of being superposed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being congruous; the relation or agreement between things; fitness; harmony; correspondence; consistency.
  • noun (Geom.) Coincidence, as that of lines or figures laid over one another.
  • noun (Scholastic Theol.) That, in an imperfectly good persons, which renders it suitable for God to bestow on him gifts of grace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of agreeing; the quality of being suitable and appropriate.
  • noun An instance or point of agreement or correspondence; a resemblance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of agreeing; being suitable and appropriate


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  • 'What is there incongruous in this?' his lordship asked.

    'Oh nothing, nothing! the congruity will be prodigious. Ages so near; tempers so alike; the lady so willing to make the most of her charms. O yes! you will have a son!'

    —Robert Bage, 1796, Hermsprong

    One of those words where the derivative is familiar, and if you thought about it you would be sure that where there is an incongruity there must be a congruity in its history, but you have almost certainly never seen it in the wild.

    March 21, 2009