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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Jonathan's variant of Buhari's irredentism was reinforced further by his wife's brusque and infelicitous we no dey born pikin trowey thesis.
Unfortunately, the book is riddled with errors, simplistic generalizations, repetition, infelicitous writing, and sloppy footnotes.
The contemporary ear cringes at infelicitous turns of phrase like extending the reign of Christ through "holy warfare" or "crusades of mercy" or even a "Gospel of human rights" (109-10).
"We once again construe the 'difficult and infelicitous' language of the first two sentences of G.L.
Given SD, her utterance should be infelicitous. But such dialogues are commonplace.
Because of their power at that 'infelicitous' time in history, they changed the name of the places they ruled to the name of their own choice or even their respective names.'
Apart from the infelicitous treatment of Greek prefixes hyper and hypo as words unto themselves, the taxonomy presented here is confusing and minimally descriptive.
As with all lists, there are some decisions that feel infelicitous:Khoury's My Name is Adam appears, whichit is not among his strongest novels, although it's his most recent; Inaam Kachachi's The American Granddaughter isalso not her strongest work, although IPAF-shortlisted;and Abdo Khal's Throwing Sparks, which won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2010, is a sloppy novel.
I am sorry to hear that my use of an infelicitous racial slur has caused offence.
Fred started working at The Strand (trivia: it's officially "Strand," but that sounds infelicitous) when he was 13, when it was still on Fourth Avenue.