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Occurring at an inconvenient or inappropriate time:‘a storm blew up at an inopportune moment’
inconvenient, untimely, ill-timed, badly timed, mistimed, inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, ill-chosen, infelicitous, unfavourable, unfortunate, unpropitious, inauspicious, inexpedient, disadvantageousawkward, difficult, troublesome, bothersome, problematic, disruptive, disturbingunseasonableView synonyms
- ‘What next - will we be banned from taking any photograph in any public place just in case a minor happens to walk in front of the lens at an inopportune moment?!’
- ‘Some dreams are interrupted during the most inopportune moments, especially those that reflect hidden desires.’
- ‘This is an unhelpful hyperbole, but it is certainly true that there must be contexts in which a statement of these truths is politically inopportune.’
- ‘These negative forces were unleashed on us at a most inopportune time, when the country started reaping nature's rewards in the form of an abundance of oil dollars.’
- ‘And just at the most inopportune moment, the guy turned this way.’
- ‘But I'm learning to accept my awkwardness and lack of loving the social element at seemingly inopportune times.’
- ‘That was before he started writing books ‘from the inside’ and publishing them at very inopportune moments.’
- ‘More important, as the symbol of the state, his actions, no matter how inopportune, had to be defended by the Liberal ruling class at all costs.’
- ‘When the initial shock wore off I think we all felt a bit cheated that such a huge bombshell should be dropped at such an inopportune moment.’
- ‘He couldn't help but blush every time she caught him staring in her direction and he'd often find himself dreaming of her at the most inopportune moments.’
- ‘It will visit upon us an important event at an inopportune time, as if to illustrate how inconsequential our influence on the greater scheme.’
- ‘But I've gotten laughs at a couple of inopportune moments also.’
- ‘Firstly, it always happens at the most inopportune moments, and secondly, it's generally about a subject you haven't got a clue about.’
- ‘How is he to know that he's rung at an inopportune moment.’
- ‘As a rule, I can put off these inopportune demands.’
- ‘Most experts agreed that his demand for the removal of the Wall was inopportune, utopian, and crazy.’
- ‘What inadequate lighting exists is unreliable, flickering off at the most inopportune moments.’
- ‘On one of them the battery dies at an inopportune moment so I have to go get a supervisor.’
- ‘In terms of the world context, this is probably one of the most inopportune moments to announce further cuts to royalties and taxes.’
- ‘You had, unwittingly, called at an inopportune time as I had just cut my finger on a tin of anchovies and Carlo was helping me staunch the flow of blood.’
Early 16th century: from Latin inopportunus, from in- not + opportunus (see opportune).
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