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an inapt analogy
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inapt inaptly
Strongly Associated with:   inept, adroit
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Word Confusion:  People sometimes confuse inept and inapt.  It might help to think of an inept person making an inapt remark.
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  • an inapt analogy
  • She argues that most comparisons between Vietnam and Iraq are inapt or misleading.
  • A place of execution (hence the inaptly named "Slaughter Stone" that lies to one side, half sunk in its own pit).
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Her defense was weak and inapt but she attained her object.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • It was an almost cruelly inapt inspiration-the church was about to be destroyed.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • At this sudden and unexpected annunciation, a low, fierce yell ran through the multitude, that might not inaptly be compared to the growl of the lion, as his choler is first awakened—a fearful omen of the weight of his future anger.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Jarndyce and Jarndyce has been termed, not inaptly, a monument of Chancery practice.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It was a sombre evening, with a lurid light in the sky; and as I saw the prospect scowling in the distance, with here and there some larger object starting up into the sullen glare, I fancied it was no inapt companion to the memory of this fierce woman.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Character is Fate, said Novalis, and Farfrae’s character was just the reverse of Henchard’s, who might not inaptly be described as Faust has been described—as a vehement gloomy being who had quitted the ways of vulgar men without light to guide him on a better way.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Their political or administrative existence is centred in three focuses of action, which may not inaptly be compared to the different nervous centres which convey motion to the human body.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1

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  • Newman was about to leave his place when he noticed in that obscure region devoted to the small boxes which in France are called, not inaptly, "bathing-tubs," a face which even the dim light and the distance could not make wholly indistinct.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I looked him straight in the eye and snapped "Get stuffed!" with perfect clarity and terrible inaptness.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I had not seen a coal fire, since I had left England three years ago: though many a wood fire had I watched, as it crumbled into hoary ashes, and mingled with the feathery heap upon the hearth, which not inaptly figured to me, in my despondency, my own dead hopes.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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Associated words [difficulty]:   inapt , inept [2] , adroit [4]
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