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 ?
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.
Casaubon's words seemed to leave unsaid: what believer sees a disturbing omission or infelicity? The text, whether of prophet or of poet, expands for whatever we can put into it, and even his bad grammar is sublime.
In an instant Christie saw the infelicity of her position, and its dangers.
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!
The main reason of this infelicity is the quality of leadership which Pakistan inherited after the demise of Quaid-i-Azam, especially in the last few decades.
During the week that just ended, Chris Ngige, like Antoinette, was equally hanged on the crucifix of the people's tongues, guillotined for his infelicity. His crime: he unguardedly stomped on Nigerians' sore foot, provoking the people's rank discontent.
(Moholy-Nagy dubbed this infelicity a "technological detour.") These abstract photographs--luminous calligraphies set in blue expanses and neon signs jiggled into explosive fireworks--synthesize light, color, and movement in new formal relationships and toward the sensorial expansion he sought.