infelicitous


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in·fe·lic·i·tous

 (ĭn′fĭ-lĭs′ĭ-təs)
adj.
1. Inappropriate; ill-chosen: an infelicitous remark.
2. Causing unhappiness; unfortunate: "This amazed and enraptured Tess, whose slight experiences had been so infelicitous till now" (Thomas Hardy).

in′fe·lic′i·tous·ly adv.

infelicitous

(ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtəs)
adj
1. not felicitous; unfortunate
2. inappropriate or unsuitable
ˌinfeˈlicitously adv

in•fe•lic•i•tous

(ˌɪn fəˈlɪs ɪ təs)

adj.
not felicitous; inapt or inappropriate: an infelicitous remark.
[1825–35]
in`fe•lic′i•tous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.infelicitous - not appropriate in application; defective; "an infelicitous remark"; "infelicitous phrasing"; "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"
unhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent; "unhappy over her departure"; "unhappy with her raise"; "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence"; "had an unhappy time at school"; "the unhappy (or sad) news"; "he looks so sad"
felicitous - exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style; "a felicitous speaker"
2.infelicitous - marked by or producing unhappinessinfelicitous - marked by or producing unhappiness; "infelicitous circumstances"; "unhappy caravans, straggling afoot through swamps and canebrakes"- American Guide Series
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

infelicitous

adjective
Characterized by inappropriateness and gracelessness, especially in expression:
Translations

infelicitous

[ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtəs] ADJ (frm) → poco feliz, inoportuno

infelicitous

adjunglücklich; remark etcunangebracht, unpassend
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This amazed and enraptured Tess, whose slight experiences had been so infelicitous till now; and in her reaction from indignation against the male sex she swerved to excess of honour for Clare.
If reputable writers do not avoid ending their sentences with prepositions," Williams says, "then regardless of what some grammarians or editors would say, a preposition at the end of a sentence is not an error of usage - it is stylistically infelicitous on occasion, but not grammatically wrong.
Incapable of creating an infelicitous design, Orlina, always sensitive to light, has decided to float these vaporous exhalations of color to actively accentuate and contrast and complement the equilibrium of light emanating from optical glass.
But the image Pedull fashions of "the dark cube" (an infelicitous play on critic Brian O'Doherty's term for the modern art gallery, or "white cube") of the movie theater itself acquires a mythical status in the story he tells.
This infelicitous situation gives rise to moral dilemmas which condemn both particular individual agents and general moral theories to ethical failure (Vol.
The author turns the Russian realii into the Italian feminine plural realie, which seems tome rather infelicitous since the German term Realien has been long established in the history of foreign-language study, is well known to philologists who are familiar with works such as Pauly-Wissowa's Real-Encyclopadie and does not require an adaptation.
But this is infelicitous, inasmuch as the first and second person plural pronouns are not the plurals of the first and second person singulars, respectively; and their genitives and datives can therefore not be described as "plural" (note that the genitive -r of mer 'of us' and jer 'of you' is the same morpheme as is seen in nor-a, 'of him/her/it', gen.
This infelicitous parental combination had produced a timid, nervous son whose prognosis for healthy adulthood was poor.
Lucas hopes that slogan will replace the infelicitous "product placement," which implies favoring the advertiser at the expense of the screenwriter.
Goodbye Father (perhaps, an infelicitous title) was intended, originally, as an interpretative and theoretical companion to that earlier study.
32); infelicitous constructions such as "bodily sonorities articulate identities within social contexts" (p.
However, to justify saying the man in The man was wearing blue suede shoes a speaker must, they argue, have an information state that supports the uniqueness of the man, asserting of him that he wears blue suede shoes; and otherwise the utterance is taken to be infelicitous.