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)


Middle English infelicite, from Latin īnfēlīcitās, from īnfēlīx, īnfēlīc-, unhappy : in-, not; see in-1 + fēlīx, happy; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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