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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.]
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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
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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.
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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)
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Translations

infelicity

[ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtɪ] N (frm) → inoportunidad f
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infelicity

n (form) the infelicity of the expressionder unglücklich or ungeschickt gewählte Ausdruck
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References in classic literature ?
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.
These robbery attacks must stop, but so must the alleged infelicities on the campus.
He said: "Any relational contract of this character is likely to be of massive length, containing many infelicities and oddities.
"I write a commentary, and feel it's finished, then go back over it the next day and find it full of infelicities, clumsiness and redundancies.
There are a variety of typographical errors throughout, and some infelicities in expression, while the absence of an index reduces the usability of the book.
The text is not free of infelicities, but none merit mention in a short review.
From a British perspective, there are some infelicities around the influence of the prohibition movement and the genesis of the influential "Gothenberg Scheme" for improving the nature of public houses, though they do not significantly detract from the overall arguments being made.
In a new translation and analysis of a long correspondence between anonymous lovers in the 12th century, Newman takes a position on whether or not the lovers were Abelard and Heloise, but also advances interpretation of them by correcting inaccuracies and infelicities in previous English translations and situating them more precisely in their intellectual and rhetorical milieu.
In his book Infelicities (1998), the anthropologist Peter Mason describes "the exotic object" as one removed from its original, non-Western context and assigned a new meaning in Western culture, one that obscures the object's original significance.
Authors strive to offer publication-ready copy to the journal, yet there are always arguments that need more explanation, missing information, infelicities ...