from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lack of congruence.
  • n. The state or quality of being incongruous.
  • n. Something incongruous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being incongruous, or lacking congruence.
  • n. An instance or point of disagreement; a dissimilarity; a discrepancy; an inconsistency.
  • n. A thing that is incongruous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being incongruous; lack of congruity; unsuitableness; inconsistency; impropriety.
  • n. Disagreement of parts; lack of symmetry or of harmony.
  • n. That which is incongruous; lack of congruity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being incongruous; want of congruity or mutual fitness; unsuitableness of one thing to another; lack of adaptation.
  • n. That which is incongruous; something not suitably conjoined, related, or adapted: as, this episode is an incongruity.

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

  • n. the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate


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  • Certainly it was an exercise in incongruity to compare these quiet, rather depressed looking people with the vision conjured up by Lord John's 'raving lunatics,' 'worthy of the straight jacket,' or Paul Filey's 'sexless monstrosities.'

    The Convert

  • And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now -- "Let it pass for the present"; that is, "Thou recoilest, and no wonder, for the seeming incongruity is startling; but in the present case do as thou art bidden." for thus it becometh us -- "us," not in the sense of "me and thee," or

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Such striking incongruity is especially appropriate to poetry, such as in Dylan Thomas’s ‘Once below a time’, E.E. Cummings’s ‘the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses’, and John Milton’s ‘Blind mouths!’

    Catachresis and the amusing, awful and artificial cathedral

  • Canucks in the NFL doesn’t work so well as an analogy to Real Salt Lake, because the incongruity is too obvious to be seen as a mistake.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Play Soccer Like It’s 1799

  • More modern theories have rooted humour in incongruity, the juxtaposition of things that don’t belong together (Morreall), or in cognitive shifts of problem resolution (Latta) or from seriousness to play (Boyd).

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  • This stadium plan is the most unsustainable action the City has contemplated in a long time - the incongruity is absurd.

    New smoke and mirrors on Paulson stadiums deal (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Another incongruity was the collection of curios and bric-a-brac garnered on their travels.

    Ultima Thule

  • She was liable to walk into the net at the last minute, and another incongruity was the last thing we needed.

    To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • In order to show the “stupidity of the concepts and words” which emerged from this document, that is, their incongruity and inexactitude, he made use of the lack of reliable testimony or other historical sources which would have validated it and of its contrast with Roman, Hebrew, and Christian law.


  • And yes, the Jurassic museum does have its roots in the natural history museum's early days and shares with them what the narrator calls an "incongruity born of the overzealous spirit in the face of unfathomable phenomena."

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