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incongruity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n incongruity the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Unfortunately Gaius grew up and became emperor, incongruously retaining his boyhood diminutive. "Little boots" in Latin is "Caligula." As you may know, he was a bloodthirsty, sadistic fiend.
    • Incongruity Disagreement of parts; lack of symmetry or of harmony.
    • Incongruity That which is incongruous; lack of congruity.
    • Incongruity The quality or state of being incongruous; lack of congruity; unsuitableness; inconsistency; impropriety. "The fathers make use of this acknowledgment of the incongruity of images to the Deity, from thence to prove the incongruity of the worship of them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incongruity The quality of being incongruous; want of congruity or mutual fitness; unsuitableness of one thing to another; lack of adaptation.
    • n incongruity That which is incongruous; something not suitably conjoined, related, or adapted: as, this episode is an incongruity.
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Quotations

  • George Eliot
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    “But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + congruity,: cf. F. incongruité,

Usage

In literature:

How incongruous an outcome from a clerical family!
"The Woman Who Did" by Grant Allen
Soames had not seen it in the City since his father retired from business five years ago, and its incongruity gave him a shock.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
But the incongruity of speaking seriously to Sir Julius struck him dumb.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
But there is the incongruous for young women of station on a promenade.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
Jane marked her transition to the married state by an appropriate but incongruous display of nerves.
"The Descent of Man and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
The two men tramped rather incongruously through the lanes to the cottage.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
Today our way ran northeast, through a landscape so English that there was no incongruity in the sprinkling of khaki along the road.
"Fighting France" by Edith Wharton
The idea of Progress is glaringly incongruous with his vision of the world.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
It seems that the essence of humour is a certain perception of incongruity.
"At Large" by Arthur Christopher Benson
By this time an incongruous collection stretched in parallel lines above the high-water mark.
"Angel Island" by Inez Haynes Gillmore
Theft is always dangerous; Gray has made weavers of slaughtered bards by a fiction outrageous and incongruous.
"Lives of the Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, and Others" by Samuel Johnson
This was usually done by use of brute force coated with a thin layer of incongruent ideology.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Over and over again he whispered to himself the impossibility of it, the absurdity of it, the utter incongruity of it.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
It was this incongruity that struck Chip first of all.
"The Letter of the Contract" by Basil King
An inversion of this order would have been noticed as incongruous, and presented a difficulty.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
The procession itself had some dreadful aspects and elements as well as others incongruous and comical.
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
Late in the afternoon an aged, gaunt man drove an incongruous, two wheeled, breaking cart into the stable yard behind the parsonage.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
But I was prepared for incongruities of this sort.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
It bristles with incongruity and contradiction, yet it is as logical as a syllogism.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
These several races, mingling with the Chinese, make up an incongruous community.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
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In poetry:

Ah, weak and hapless human hearts,
By cruel Mother Venus fated
To spend this life in hopeless strife,
Because incongruously mated!
"To Albius Tibullus" by Eugene Field
Why should I long to have John Smith
Eternally to struggle with?
I'm John — but somehow cherubim
Seem quite incongruous with him.
"Eternal Me" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
There was a Young Person of Smyrna,
Whose Grandmother threatened to burn her;
But she seized on the cat,
And said, 'Granny, burn that!
You incongruous Old Woman of Smyrna!'
"Limerick: There was a Young Person of Smyrna," by Edward Lear
What sayst thou, traveller, of all thou saw'st afar?
On every tree hangs boredom, ripening to its fall,
Didst gather it, thou smoking yon thy sad cigar,
Black, casting an incongruous shadow on the wall?
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

It's not incongruous to pair "good" with "indulgence".
Last week it approved town houses that will sit incongruously in the center of the Cambria historic district.
On Wednesday, Public Policy Polling continued its tradition of releasing somewhat incongruous survey results we didn't know we wanted but clicked on anyway.
Nonetheless, such incongruous contrasts in country classifications, which are replicated throughout Wall Street and by all types of asset managers, have real-world implications.
It was an incongruous phrase to hear repeated ad nauseum within the proper environs of a courtroom.
BEIJING—Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation.
Kate Winslet's gates and fencing are "a prominent, visually intrusive and incongruous feature" in her neighbourhood, says a parish council in West Sussex.
You're sure to find one or two that thrum with textual incongruity 8905 Venice Blvd, W.L.A.
Rising five stories under the octagonal skylight of the Tweed Courthouse's fabulous Italianate rotunda, Roy Lichtenstein 's clunky tower of giant cartoon brushstrokes is an impressive and incongruous sight.
The dictionary Merriam-Webster has declared an incongruous pair their words of the year: Socialism and capitalism.
There is something incongruous about President Obama denouncing an intelligence failure in the case of the underwear bomber on the very same day that we read this in the New York Times.
Getting an insider's grip on Prague requires a subtle grasp of history, as well as a keen sense of paradox, absurd incongruity and irony.
I'm at ease with incongruity.
No figure in the history of rock 'n' roll is more incongruous than Big Joe Turner.
Rocky 's opponent is a hulking, murderous product of Soviet steroids and high-tech exercise equipment (though the actor who plays him, Dolph Lundgren, sports an incongruous East Village haircut).
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In science:

Then the description of the source and the emitted pair will be undisturbed by the metrical incongruence of the parameter space and space-time.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
On the other hand, the detectors may be located in such domains of space-time, where this incongruence is already significant2 and, therefore, the properties of the photons may turned out distorted as described in the parameter space of the source.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
Tl2201 melts incongruently and its crystals are grown from the high temperature solution (melt) made of its components.
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates
It should be noted however that substituting Eq. (9) into (6), and, in turn, into (5), leads to a strong incongruence.
Power control and receiver design for energy efficiency in multipath CDMA channels with bandlimited waveforms
The scatter in the relationship between star formation rate and UV magnitude by incongruous star formation histories.
Star formation trends in high-redshift galaxy surveys: the elephant or the tail?
Bernoulli (1738), p. 24, pointed out that because of this incongruence, the expectation value of net winnings, criterion i, has to be “discarded” as a descriptive or prescriptive behavioral rule.
Menger 1934 revisited
Moreover, for our purposes it would not be incongruous to estimate the spacetime distortions due to neutrinos themselves by treating them as classical spinning particles.
Testing Gravity-Driven Collapse of the Wavefunction via Cosmogenic Neutrinos
If |A| is relatively prime to m, i.e., gcd(|A|, m) = 1, then AX ≡ B (mod m) has a unique set of incongruent solutions X ≡ ∆(adj(A))B (mod m), where ∆ is an inverse of ∆ = |A| modulo m and adj(A) is the adjoint of A.
Null Polynomials modulo m
Thus, the above system of congruences has a unique set of incongruent solutions.
Null Polynomials modulo m
So, for any value of qp (j ), there exists a unique set of incongruent solutions of {(−1)n qn (j )}1≤n≤p−1 modulo p.
Null Polynomials modulo m
That is, there is a unique set of incongruent solutions to {qn (j )}1≤n≤p−1 modulo p.
Null Polynomials modulo m
The viewpoint that tests require a hypothesis for confirmation or for disconfirmation while experiments may generate a hypothesis is incongruent with the experimental sciences where the above ‘test’ is rather termed an experiment.
Informal Control code logic
Therefore, even the test that always rejects is a valid local test for the incongruent set I .
Rejoinder to "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research"
Consequently, in the presence of restricted combinations, we may assume that the local test always rejects all incongruent sets.
Rejoinder to "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research"
We call those sets that cannot be equal to T incongruent.
Rejoinder to "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research"
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