infelicitous 1754, from IN- (Cf. in-) (1) "not, opposite of" + FELICITOUS (Cf. felicitous). Related: infelicitously.

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  • Infelicitous — In fe*lic i*tous, a. Not felicitous; unhappy; unfortunate; not fortunate or appropriate in application; not well said, expressed, or done; as, an infelicitous condition; an infelicitous remark; an infelicitous description; infelicitous words.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infelicitous — index disconsolate, disproportionate, ill advised, improper, inadvisable, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate …   Law dictionary

  • infelicitous — unhappy, inapt, inappropriate, unfitting, *unfit, unsuitable, improper Analogous words: unbecoming, unseemly, indecorous, improper, indelicate, indecent: inept, maladroit, gauche, *awkward Antonyms: felicitous Contrasted words: happy, apt,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • infelicitous — [in΄fə lis′ə təs] adj. not felicitous; unfortunate or unsuitable infelicitously adv …   English World dictionary

  • infelicitous — adjective Date: 1835 not felicitous: as a. not appropriate or well timed < an infelicitous remark > b. awkward, unfortunate < an infelicitous moment > • infelicitously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • infelicitous — adjective /ˌɪn.fəˈlɪs.ɪ.təs,ˌɪn.fɪˈlɪs.ɪ.təs,ˌɪn.fɛlˈɪs.ɪ.təs,ˌɪn.fəˈlɪs.ɪ.təs,ˌɪn.fəˈlɪs.ə.təs/ a) Unhappy or unfortunate. If leading a dogs life be considered a peculiar phase of human misery, the life of a Boys Dog is still more infelicitous.… …   Wiktionary

  • infelicitous — infelicitously, adv. /in feuh lis i teuhs/, adj. 1. inapt, inappropriate, or awkward; malapropos: an infelicitous remark. 2. not felicitous, happy, or fortunate; unhappy. [1825 35; IN 3 + FELICITOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • infelicitous — in•fe•lic•i•tous [[t]ˌɪn fəˈlɪs ɪ təs[/t]] adj. not felicitous; inapt or inappropriate: an infelicitous remark[/ex] • Etymology: 1825–35 in fe•lic′i•tous•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • infelicitous — /ɪnfəˈlɪsətəs/ (say infuh lisuhtuhs) adjective 1. not felicitous, happy, or fortunate; unhappy. 2. inapt or inappropriate: an infelicitous remark. –infelicitously, adverb …  

  • infelicitous — Synonyms and related words: Doric, bad, barbaric, barbarous, cacophonous, careless, clumsy, coarse, crude, doggerel, dysphemistic, erroneous, faulty, futile, graceless, gross, harsh, ill adapted, ill advised, ill assorted, ill chosen, ill… …   Moby Thesaurus

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