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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.
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Adv.1.infelicitously - in an infelicitous manner; "he chose his words rather infelicitously"
felicitously - in a felicitous manner; "a not felicitously chosen word"
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I personally prefer the explanation of the University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, who infelicitously draws a parallel to China's Great Cultural Revolution: "True believers want a little red book to wave in the air while they chant the name of their chosen leader.
The referendum question, although infelicitously worded, wasn't all that difficult to understand.
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In the 1970s, the Court devised a third, intermediate level of scrutiny: classifications based on sex or illegitimacy are what has been infelicitously called "quasi-suspect"; they "will survive equal protection scrutiny to the extent they are substantially related to a legitimate state interest.
The true explanation, Eberstadt argues, inheres in what she infelicitously calls "the Family Factor.
Either because the translator/interpreter was unfamiliar with the epistemic context shared by the interlocutors or because he/she (un)voluntarily decided to adopt a verbatim mediation strategy, several terms and expressions were rendered infelicitously, thus paving the way for the investigation unit to incriminate the defendants and strive to construct a credible story of international terrorism.