Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Not congruous; reciprocally disagreeing; not capable of harmonizing or readily assimilating; inharmonious; inappropriate; unsuitable; not fitting; inconsistent; improper; as, an incongruous remark; incongruous behavior, action, dress, etc.
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\in*con"gru*ous\ (?), a. [l. incongruus. see in- not, and congruous.] not congruous; reciprocally disagreeing; not capable of harmonizing or readily assimilating; inharmonious; inappropriate; unsuitable; not fitting; inconsistent; improper; as, an incongruous remark; incongruous behavior, action, dress, etc. "incongruous mixtures of opinions." taylor. "made up of incongruous parts." incongruous denotes that kind of absence of harmony or suitableness of which the taste and experience of men takes cognizance. j. smith.
numbers (arith.), two numbers, which, with respect to a third, are such that their difference can not be divided by it without a remainder, the two numbers being said to be incongruous with respect to the third; as, twenty-five are incongruous with respect to four.
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GLOSSARY OF ESOTERIC WORDS
1. Lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
2.inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
``I have since often observed, how incongruous and irrational the common Temper of Mankind is.'' --Daniel De Foe, Robinson Crusoe
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.(GEORGE ELIOT)
It's incongruous that the older we get, the more likely we are to turn in the direction of religion. Less vivid and intense ourselves, closer to the grave, we begin to conceive of ourselves as immortal.(EDWARD HOAGLAND)
Slowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction, creaking and incongruous, came into being, a vast Heath Robinson mechanism, dually controlled by them and lumbering gloomily down vistas of triteness. With a sort of heavy-fisted dexterity the mutually adapted emotions of each of them became synchronized, until the unavoidable anti-climax was at hand.(ANTHONY POWELL)