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incongruous behavior
  out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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Strongly Associated with:   incongruent, incongruity
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  • incongruous behavior
  • I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether.
    Alfred North Whitehead
  • The high hairdo towered over her thin face like dunce cap, the white-blond hair utterly incongruous with her olive skin.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • It was the curse of mankind that these incongruous fagots were thus bound together that in the agonised womb of consciousness, these polar twins should be continuously struggling.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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  • To her right and left were the usual framed photos of stuffy alums, and to her left, incongruous rows of dented metal lockers.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • He was so much taller and thinner than the other one that the two of them together looked rather incongruous.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • I could just make out that he had a book as well as a knife in his hand, and was still wondering how anything so incongruous had come in their possession when...
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • It seemed incongruous, against all logic, like a theorem you could never prove in geometry.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • On the outskirts of the capital they built a storybook cottage, two stories, fretted with eaves and little porches and window boxes, an incongruous Alpine look in the tropics.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The song was incongruous for October, but immensely moving, overwhelming, no matter what day or what month it was sung: ... I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes

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  • It seemed incongruous to call The Day a war ... because the war really was all over in a single day.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The mention of the Scholar girl is so incongruous to my thoughts that for a second I’m stunned silent, and Helene stiffens.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Tumbled among the ruins, like discarded matchsticks, were broken pillars made of shining pale stone, incongruously beautiful in this ruined land.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Aldous puts a giant paw on my shoulder, incongruously gentle.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Around them the Circlers captured the performance on their screens, wanting to remember the very strangeness of this band of homeless-seeming revelers, to document how incongruous it was here at the Circle, amid the carefully considered paths and gardens, amid the people who worked there, who showered regularly, tried to stay at least reasonably fashionable, and who washed their clothes.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • And it seemed incongruous, as well, how it was that I, the only child of a hide tanner and a rag maid, should come to wear a second lieutenant’s uniform of the Ocean Sky Battalion of the Imperial Forces, and that she, born into a noble, scholarly house (if perhaps one fallen), would have to sleep in a surplus closet of a far-flung military outpost, her sister already dead and buried, wishing upon herself the same horrid end.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The fact that Lonesome had a son seemed incongruous.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He paused, pulled on his long black coat, which had hung in the front hall, incongruous beside Mr. Frost’s tweed jacket and fawn mackintosh.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • The old motel seemed an incongruous backdrop for such glamour.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The noise of splashing water and giggles drifted down through the flimsy ceiling, then there were padding footsteps, more giggles, the sharp smack of what sounded like a playful paw upon a bare bottom and finally, incongruously, the ravishing sweet heartbeat of the slow movement of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony from a phonograph.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My mother will turn up on their doorsteps, wearing slacks, carrying a bouquet of weeds, incongruous.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I knew the word meant "cheerful," which seemed incongruous to a degree.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Our local time in Sin City is 11:47 a.m." Half-blind in the glare, plate glass and reflecting surfaces, I trailed after Dad and Xandra through the terminal, stunned by the chatter and flash of slot machines and by the music blaring loud and incongruous so early in the day.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • His alien slippers and rumpled bed-head seemed extremely incongruous given the gravity of the situation.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • But-incongruous as it may seem to some-I was restrained and hampered by my innate sense of justice.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Her face reflects her pain, but something else, too, something that seems completely incongruous with her situation.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She’d caught the hard line of his mouth, the incongruously vulnerable eyes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Fritz Hammer and Andy Schmeikl wanted to keep it, but Arthur Berg, showing his incongruous moral aptitude, had a better idea.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It was incongruous, but it was I who felt out of place.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It would have been an even more incongruous possession than the glass paperweight, and impossible to carry home, unless it were taken out of its frame.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • When confronted by unhappy parents, Luma displayed a confidence incongruous with her status as a newcomer, an attitude that put off some parents and intrigued others.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • We walked up the drive to the front door, a strange incongruous little party.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • How incongruous is it to government, that a man shall be punished for drunkenness, and yet have liberty to affront, and even deny the Majesty of heaven?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It looked like an ice-cream vendor’s pushcart, parked incongruously on the badlands.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Quite incongruously, Keating felt as if a conveyor belt was under his feet, from the moment he crossed the threshold.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Sophie’s eyes locked on an incongruous glint of lustrous metal lodged near the bottom edge of the frame’s wooden armature.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Now it stood revealed, an incongruous splash of green in all the eye-watering whiteness.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Fanny’s kind, rather moon-like face took on an incongruous expression of pained and disapproving astonishment.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The temperature was cooler than it had been in the desert, but the incongruous moisture made it almost as uncomfortable.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Their accoutrements were horribly incongruous; nothing is more funereal than the harlequin in rags.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The only color in the room was her red hair, flaring across the snowy expanse of pillow like a bright, incongruous flag planted at the south pole.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Somewhere nearby an incongruous sound shook the dark, an air hammer pounding like a machine gun.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In the organism of states such men are necessary, as wolves are necessary in the organism of nature, and they always exist, always appear and hold their own, however incongruous their presence and their proximity to the head of the government may be.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • A vintage International Harvester from the 1940s, the derelict vehicle is located twenty-five miles west of Healy as the raven flies, rusting incongruously in the fireweed beside the Stampede Trail, just beyond the boundary of Denali National Park.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • In the years that followed that second christening, many changes had taken place in her that made the pet name incongruous.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Amongst them all I found not one whom, had I been ever so free, I — warned as I was of the risks, the horrors, the loathings of incongruous unions — would have asked to marry me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The emotions knotting his chest were so many, so incongruous.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Ona was blue-eyed and fair, while Jurgis had great black eyes with beetling brows, and thick black hair that curled in waves about his ears—in short, they were one of those incongruous and impossible married couples with which Mother Nature so often wills to confound all prophets, before and after.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Louis XVIII. made but a faint attempt to parry this unexpected blow; the monarchy he had scarcely reconstructed tottered on its precarious foundation, and at a sign from the emperor the incongruous structure of ancient prejudices and new ideas fell to the ground.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This stupid repetition was too incongruous in its ineptitude with the serious, brooding and enigmatic glance he turned upon his visitor.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
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Associated words [difficulty]:   incongruous [2] , incongruent [8] , incongruity [5] , incongruity [5] , incongruent [8]
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