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Definition of Incongruity


  1. The quality or state of being incongruous; want of congruity; unsuitableness; inconsistency; impropriety.
  2. Disagreement of parts; want of symmetry or of harmony.
  3. That which is incongruous; want of congruity.

Incongruity Quotations

The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
Max Beerbohm

One question about a joke is, how well is the strangeness of the situation resolved? At 'The New Yorker', we retain a lot of incongruity, tapping the playful part of the mind - Monty Python-type stuff. We also try to use humor as a vehicle for communicating ideas. Not editorial comment, but observation.
Robert Mankoff

Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. They have the same effect of grating incongruity as the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.
George Eliot

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
William Hazlitt
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Incongruity Translations

incongruity in Norwegian is uoverensstemmelse
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