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Definition 1: not appropriate in application; defective - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where infelicitous or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an infelicitous remark
  • infelicitous phrasing
  • the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy

(infelicitous is similar to ...) not elegant or graceful in expression

"an awkward prose style" "a clumsy apology" "his cumbersome writing style" "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"

(infelicitous is similar to ...) unsuitable or regrettable

"an unfortunate choice of words" "an unfortunate speech"

(means also ...) 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"

(... are attributes of infelicitous) pleasing and appropriate manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)

Definition 2: marked by or producing unhappiness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where infelicitous or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • infelicitous circumstances
  • unhappy caravans, straggling afoot through swamps and canebrakes

Synonyms for infelicitous in the sense of this definition

(infelicitous is similar to ...) 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"

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