Adjective "incongruous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.
  1. 'The spaghetti western mood was slightly dampened by an incongruous collection of artesania stalls in the square.'
  2. 'And when drivers queue to allow a family of geese to amble across, it is one of those incongruous scenes which can only make you smile.'
  3. 'Pan-fried foie gras followed swiftly, served with roasted fresh figs and a rather incongruous glass of Sauternes.'
  4. 'Such a scenario appears incongruous, if not abhorrent, to many.'
  5. 'Critics argue the park itself is incongruous in a country where around half the population of 130m lives below the poverty line.'
  6. 'The result is a place which is rather incongruous, with only a small town centre surrounded by large numbers of houses.'
  7. 'It looks surprising and incongruous and somehow very British.'
  8. 'In the end it was a victory for both the small punter and the world's leading book-maker, a slightly incongruous alliance.'
  9. 'So we have some jangly guitar songs with a dancefloor four four beat, some incongruous soft rock and then some straightforward house.'
  10. 'The early tone of the picture is strangely incongruous with the horrifying turn of events at the end.'


1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming: an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.

2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts: an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.

3. inconsistent: actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.

More examples(as adjective)

"climbers can be incongruous in packs."

"climbers can be incongruous in crampons."

"climbers can be incongruous in boots."

"climbers can be incongruous in axes."

"attacks can be incongruous with facts."

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Early 17th century: from Latin incongruus (from in- ‘not’ + congruus ‘agreeing, suitable’, from the verb congruere) + -ous.