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." I. Taylor.

"Made up of incongruous parts." Macaulay.

Incongruous denotes that kind of absence of harmony or suitableness of which the taste and experience of men takes cognizance. C. J. Smith.

Incongruous 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.

Syn. -- Inconsistent; unsuitable; inharmonious; disagreeing; absurd; inappropriate; unfit; improper. See Inconsistent.

-- In*con"gru*ous*ly, adv. -- In*con"gru*ous*ness, n.

 

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