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n. pl. in·fe·lic·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being infelicitous.
2. Something inappropriate or unpleasing.

[Middle English infelicite, from Latin īnfēlīcitās, from īnfēlīx, īnfēlīc-, unhappy : in-, not; see in-1 + fēlīx, happy; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being unhappy or unfortunate
2. an instance of bad luck or mischance; misfortune
3. something, esp a remark or expression, that is inapt or inappropriate


(ˌɪn fəˈlɪs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being unhappy; unhappiness.
2. misfortune; bad luck.
3. an unfortunate circumstance.
4. inaptness or inappropriateness, as of action or expression.
5. something infelicitous: infelicities of prose style.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infelicity - inappropriate and unpleasing manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
inappropriateness, unworthiness - the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting; "he retracted nothing that he had said about the inappropriateness of either a corporeal God or a God who is a person"; "his praise released from her loud protestations of her unworthiness"
felicitousness, felicity - pleasing and appropriate manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)


[ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtɪ] N (frm) → inoportunidad f


n (form) the infelicity of the expressionder unglücklich or ungeschickt gewählte Ausdruck
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It may be assumed--whatever the value of the assumption in connection with what is said to have occurred-- that his mind was occupied with reflections on his domestic infelicities and the distressing changes that they had wrought in his life.
While they are generally clear, there are frequent infelicities in these translations, e.
The large number of grammatical errors and infelicities of expression (far too many to note here) are difficult to overlook.
Imperfect, too, in fairness - Rowling calibrated her prose carefully in "The Casual Vacancy", as if to show she could do it, but her old infelicities of language have returned.
The study serves as a handy back-story to the city's sun-drenched splendors and infelicities.
Rather than dismiss these as infelicities or ineptitude, he finds enough instances to sort them into categories of "reverse accentuation," validating the notion that these counterintuitive text settings are indeed purposeful.
A small collection of infelicities would not pose a particular problem in an otherwise well-written book--a couple of errors are bound to slip past the copy editor.
I didn't mind that she found some typos and other infelicities.
Hercules is obviously awful, though in fact I giggled a lot at its infelicities, from a tutor with the thickest Slavic accent south of Zagreb to the veritable blizzard of petals or dust mites or whatever in every single love scene (I also liked the reference to "the canines of Olympus"; no mere 'dogs' for our classical Greek friends
The book's introduction explains that the contributors are all leading members of the "Japan Society of History of Economic Thought," which explains some of the grammatical infelicities that I found in the text.
These infelicities aside, this study, a rather old-fashioned history of ideas and of "great" men, is well worth the attention of a broad range of intellectual, political, cultural, and religious historians.
Despite some infelicities of English, this is a very worthwhile collection, and for those coming to Chatelet for the first time, the introductory essay and the bibliographies will prove invaluable.