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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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Lowell's mother's name was Charlotte, and this leads Meyers, infelicitously it seems to me, to title his chapter on the young Lowell's relationship with her "Charlotte's Web.
He poses an interesting question: whether abnormally large increases in government-funded R&D program budgets, which he calls, somewhat infelicitously, "moonshots," yield proportionately large benefits.
True, the opinion does say, perhaps infelicitously, that a plaintiff "must demonstrate" that it satisfies each of the four factors.
10) On Bentes's view, the adaptation is twice unfaithful and doubly damned: it departs, infelicitously, from Lins's political vision and it fails to reproduce an ideologically sophisticated mode of depicting urban violence.
Yves Simon once wrote, to this point: "No spontaneous operation of intellectual relations protects the young philosopher against the risk of delivering his soul to error by choosing his teachers infelicitously.
Using Woolf's relevant notebooks, stories, and manuscript versions, referring as well to passages in her letters and diaries, Latham establishes what she calls somewhat infelicitously "Dallowayisms" (a term borrowed from Seymour Chatman) to pave the way for her later examinations of contemporary fictions.
First, what he describes as the "first stage" of consequentialist arguments concerned with political obligation indicates, somewhat infelicitously, the Consequentialist Explanation of Political Authority.
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.
While this sentence may be awkwardly phrased and infelicitously placed within Exhibit D, [FN1] it is not ambiguous in light of the realities of the insurance marketplace.
Indeed, as New York Times critic Holland Cotter noted, the Guggenheim's showing was both a needed intervention and a "galling" "shame," offering a scaled-down version of an already partial survey that was infelicitously shoehorned into the museum's annexes rather than allowed to unfurl in Frank Lloyd Wright's coiled rotunda.
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.