infelicity


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in·fe·lic·i·ty

 (ĭn′fĭ-lĭs′ĭ-tē)
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.]

infelicity

(ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtɪ)
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

in•fe•lic•i•ty

(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)
Translations

infelicity

[ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtɪ] N (frm) → inoportunidad f

infelicity

n (form) the infelicity of the expressionder unglücklich or ungeschickt gewählte Ausdruck
References in classic literature ?
In an instant Christie saw the infelicity of her position, and its dangers.
I wish to demonstrate further the infelicity of these arms.
Rushworth in a supernumerary glass or two, was all joyous delight; for she had made the match; she had done everything; and no one would have supposed, from her confident triumph, that she had ever heard of conjugal infelicity in her life, or could have the smallest insight into the disposition of the niece who had been brought up under her eye.
Thus speaketh one Ferdinand in the words of the play -- "She died full young" -- one Bossola answers him -- "I think not so -- her infelicity "Seemed to have years too many" -- Ah luckless lady
FIDGETY WITCHETTY--name of a grub CICELY--various umbelliferous plants CLINKETY KITCHENY SYNTHESIS INDEFINITY IMBECILITY INFELICITY BUSYING BUSYISH
Non-specialists may be caused some further confusion by an occasional infelicity, e.
The text is written with verve, appealing to the general reader as well as to the specialist, and only occasionally do passages of accumulated detail feel arcane and one encounters the odd stylistic infelicity.
Every infelicity of style is to be found in its pages: redundancies ("some little idiosyncratic eccentricity of Joe's"); euphemisms ("adverse collaterals"); non sequiturs ("people who had happened to be born short through no fault of their own"); needless prefatory phrases ("in fact, of course, as it turned out .
Furthermore, an infallibilist can explain the infelicity of utterances of "p, but I don't know that p" and "p might be true, but I'm not willing to say that for all I know, p is true," and why, when a speaker thinks p is epistemically possible for him, he will agree (if asked) that for all he knows, p is true.
He was the devil incarnate who produced virginal incontinence, marital infelicity, theft, arson, rape, robbery and murder.