Great Words: Incongruous

it’s been a busy, fun week so far and because of this I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to find a great word for us. But in my travels I have come across this. You may or may not already know it, but here we go. Use, explore, enjoy.


1. Not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.
2. Out of place,
3. Out of keeping.

Early 17th century.
From Latin in (not) and Congruus (agreeing, suitable’) and the verb congruere ) + -ous.


A Few Synonyms
Inappropriate, unsuitable, unsuited, not in harmony; discordant, dissonant, conflicting, clashing, jarring, wrong,

A Few Antonyms
Appropriate, harmonious

“But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.” – George Eliot

“A beach is not only a sweep of sand, but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweed, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean.” – Henry Grunwald


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  1. I’ve always loved the word ‘incongruent’ which I learned through my Psychology degree. All I can find nowadays is this.
    Incongruent : is out of place, incompatible, inharmonious, not congruent
    Seems similar!

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