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  • adj. Not felicitous; unhappy, unfortunate.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ felicitous

Examples

  • Well, in one sense there is none, because I do not regard the justification for education as "investment in human capital" in that unfelicitous phrase of the Sixties.

    Canada's Economy—Can We Advance Back to Reason?

  • "Investment in human capital" - that most unfelicitous phrase-was a concept that I for one argued against rather forcefully, because I believed-and still believe-that education is more than an economic process, more than a means to an end, and more than mere occupational training, but that it is a prerequisite of a civilized society and a process whose intrinsic worth has been demonstrated many times over.

    Universities: Who Needs Them?

  • By an unfelicitous chance she was placed in the same study with Lady

    When Patty Went to College

  • By an unfelicitous chance she was placed in the same study with Lady Clara Vere de Vere and

    When Patty Went to College

  • He was a powerful man, with a good-humored face, and, in spite of his unfelicitous nickname of

    Openings in the Old Trail

  • John was now preparing for his visit to Ireland, and his singularly unfelicitous attempt at royalty.

    An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800

  • "Fleda, my dear," said Mrs. Evelyn, with that trembling tone of concealed ecstasy which always set every one of Fleda's nerves a-jarring – "you may tell the gentlemen that they do not always know when they are making an unfelicitous compliment – I never read what poets say about 'briny drops' and 'salt tears', without imagining the heroine immediately to be something like Lot's wife."

    Queechy

  • "Fleda my dear," said Mrs. Evelyn, with that trembling tone of concealed ecstasy which always set every one of Fleda's nerves a jarring, -- "you may tell the gentlemen that they do not always know when they are making an unfelicitous compliment -- I never read what poets say about 'briny drops' and 'salt tears' without imagining the heroine immediately to be something like Lot's wife."

    Queechy

  • "Fleda, my dear," said Mrs. Evelyn, with that trembling tone of concealed ecstasy which always set every one of Fleda's nerves a-jarring — "you may tell the gentlemen that they do not always know when they are making an unfelicitous compliment — I never read what poets say about 'briny drops' and 'salt tears', without imagining the heroine immediately to be something like Lot's wife."

    Queechy, Volume II

  • It is true that I judge those Princes unfelicitous who, to assure their state when the multitude is hostile, have to take extraordinary means; for he who has only a few enemies can easily and without great scandals make sure of them, but he who has the general public hostile to him can never make sure of them, and the more cruelty he uses, so much more weak becomes his Principate; so that the best remedy he has is to seek to make the People friendly.

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