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Definition the quality of being out of place
  • I might give her something, for the incongruity of it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Strange incongruity in a State called free!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Perhaps it was just the incongruity of seeing him aloft and stricken, since he was by nature someone who carried others.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I almost want to laugh at the incongruity of it.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • There was, for all this, a tremendous incongruity in Lincoln as a war leader.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • "And what reason is that?" asked Hester, half smiling at the absurd incongruity of the child's observation; but on second thoughts turning pale.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Yet when he opened his eyes, the annoying incongruity was still there.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He'd make the prints sharp and crisp to accent the incongruity.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Some of the clockers, training their field glasses on Tom Smith's face as he led the horse back to the barn, noticed a glaring incongruity.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Rachel continued to be happy, involved with life, only slightly confused by the incongruities which faced her each morning when she awoke.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Henchard as a Justice of the Peace may at first seem to be an even greater incongruity than Shallow and Silence themselves.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Nor, strictly investigated, is there any incongruity in this comparison.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The incongruity between the men's deeds and their environment was great.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The only incongruities on this striking corporal were his  hands—huge, brutish, animal things that one man would liken to paws.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Our preconceived notions of this scene are so powerful that our mind blocks out the incongruity and overrides our eyes.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Of the fourth possibility, we know that incongruities, comic or otherwise, fascinate the novelist.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Neither he nor she had had any such adventure before and neither was conscious of any incongruity.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Not with pleasure, though I was bound to him by so many ties; no; with considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She smiled at such incongruities.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It was like weakness in a good woman, or blood on satin; one of those terrible incongruities that shake little things in the back of the brain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise

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