malapropos


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mal·a·pro·pos

 (măl′ăp-rə-pō′)
adj.
Out of place; inappropriate.
adv.
In an inappropriate or inopportune manner.

[French mal à propos : mal, badly + à propos, to the purpose; see apropos.]

malapropos

(ˌmælæprəˈpəʊ)
adj
of an inappropriate or misapplied nature or kind
adv
in an inappropriate way or manner
n
something inopportune or inappropriate
[C17: from French mal à propos not to the purpose]

mal•ap•ro•pos

(ˌmæl æp rəˈpoʊ)

adj.
1. inappropriate; inopportune: a malapropos remark.
adv.
2. inappropriately; inopportunely.
[1660–70; < French mal à propos badly (suited) to the purpose]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.malapropos - of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
inappropriate - not suitable for a particular occasion etc; "noise seems inappropriate at a time of sadness"; "inappropriate shoes for a walk on the beach"; "put inappropriate pressure on them"
apropos - of an appropriate or pertinent nature
Adv.1.malapropos - at an inconvenient timemalapropos - at an inconvenient time; "he arrived inopportunely just as we sat down for dinner"; "she answered malapropos"

malapropos

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Bernofsky's rendering of Prokurist as "general manager" feels equally malapropos, as does her choice of "drummer" for Reisende.
It seems similarly malapropos to chide German consumers--as Katona does--as "maladapted" to the realities of modern affluent society.
There we see an unquestionably modern Manet, a Manet on vacation from the museums and exhibitions of Paris, a Manet at once moving in his elegant simplicity and quick, careless facility (a touch here makes a flower, a stroke there makes a sail) and remarkably malapropos in his larger landscape efforts, with their unmodulated chunks of blue-green sea--a Manet, in short, of Baudelairean speed and bourgeois leisure, of marketable throwaways, impatience with the rules, and disregard for the past.