Definition of incongruity in US English:


nounPlural incongruities

  • The state of being incongruous or out of keeping.

    ‘the incongruity of his fleshy face and skinny body disturbed her’
    • ‘The sheer oddness of the way the place functioned, the incongruity between functioning and pretension.’
    • ‘Streets that seem like collages brought to life, full of strange incongruities that could only seem natural in the sedatory stillness of the suburb.’
    • ‘The whole idea of a ‘soap opera’ suggests an overt incongruity between the daily mundaneness of the narrative and the lofty form it takes.’
    • ‘The girls will screech when she says this, fall about laughing, because for someone so tiny and sweet, the incongruity of these words is hilarious, and she knows it.’
    • ‘Guyana is a place of strange contrasts, unexpected juxtapositions, curious incongruities.’
    inappropriateness, incongruousness, unsuitability, lack of harmony, discordance, inharmoniousness, dissonance, incompatibility, inconsistency, difference, disparity, discrepancy, irreconcilability
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