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1. Lacking in harmony; incompatible: a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation.
2. Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent: a plan incongruous with reason.
3. Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate: incongruous behavior.

[From Latin incongruus : in-, not; see in-1 + congruus, congruous; see congruous.]

in·con′gru·ous·ly adv.
in·con′gru·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.incongruousness - the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
incompatibility - the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
irony - incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs; "the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated"
congruence, congruity, congruousness - the quality of agreeing; being suitable and appropriate
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(iŋˈkoŋgruəs) adjective
unsuitable or out of place; odd. Boots would look incongruous with an evening dress.
inconˈgruity, inˈcongruousness noun
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The incongruousness of someone like Cabiria, dressed in her cheap tacky clothes, inhabiting the same space as Piccadilly's posh clientele only adds to the uncanny atmosphere.
With the instinct of an artist, Pushkin immediately understood the incongruousness of this addition, and he discarded the final theme from his work.
I enjoyed the incongruousness and discontinuity, but also the feeling that I was somewhere I didn't have a right to be.
It is insufficient inasmuch as its hubris ignores incongruousness at different scales, such that the relationship between individuals and the whole can be so fuzzy as to be useless.