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

  • noun Lack of congruity or harmony; unsuitability.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lack of concinnity, congruousness, or proportion, or an instance of such lack; unsuitableness.

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

  • noun Lack of concinnity or congruousness; unsuitableness.

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

  • noun lack of harmony or suitability.


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  • Until I sat down today to compile a review worksheet on Latin prepositions, I had never noticed an inconsistency or inconcinnity in the names of the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

    Dr. Weevil

  • 10: 39: Five straight correct answers, none of which I've ever heard of: inconcinnity, scalare, caducous, venturi and forzato.

    Spelling Bee semifinals, live

  • For it seems a play with words unworthy the writer, to make Satan, who possessed all the seven, himself an 'eighth', and still worse if 'the eighth': 2. that it is not only a great and causeless inconcinnity in style, but a wanton adding of obscurity to the obscure to have, first, so carefully distinguished (c. xiii.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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  • From "A Field of Snow on a Slope of the Rosenberg" by Guy Davenport.

    January 19, 2010