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Below you will find the definition of malapropos, followed by 31 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
EXAMPLES - Malapropos in a Sentence
- You'll have to pardon my cursedly malapropos appearance. (source)
- "A caller would come singularly malapropos just now," said he. (source)
- FSJ's malapropos concerning geography and language is so American! (source)
- Unlike the living bird, however, it never makes answers malapropos. (source)
- Treason, it seems, is still considered malapropos by some Democrats. (source)
- To him the man habitually seemed as malapropos as a spiteful old lady. (source)
- Marie had said, came most malapropos, and, besides, he disliked Miss Benham's uncle. (source)
- As far as Mostyn was concerned, this first malapropos meeting indicated the whole evening. (source)
- It is also the most Mexican malapropos salad you can serve in an otherwise Italian context. (source)
- They were getting out of their car just outside the gates of Uplands -- a most malapropos position! (source)
- [(under weig) 9.2 (h: my) 29.2 (being) 9.2 (present at the scene he had so malapropos interrupted, was)] TJ (source)
- All right, now that we've gotten those out of the way, including the malapropos, shouldn't they be more current? (source)
- "Why did you leave your tomb?" when it suddenly struck me that the question would be malapropos and embarrassing in many ways. (source)
- It was a remark that seemed particularly malapropos to the sultry weather, and Constance half expected a burst of laughter at the unexpected sally. (source)
- She took, in this malapropos manoeuvre, the same delight that a child experiences through the consciousness of being engaged in some mischievous wrong. (source)
- Fanny made malapropos speeches sometimes still, but they were never unkindly meant now, and she looked with very loving eyes from one sister to the other. (source)
- In May, California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) authored SB 1451, a bill that would prohibit textbooks reflecting Texas 'malapropos standards from entering (source)
- I have every confidence that Israel's economy would rank far higher than 20th in your malapropos IMD "stress test" were it not for the war - now in its seventh decade. (source)
- Its suggestions were so visionary, its reasoning so fallacious, its assumptions so unwarranted, its conclusions so malapropos, that it falls below critical examination. (source)
- The malapropos deduction springs here that the demand for repaired old work is greater than that for new in the famous factory, for only six or eight weavers are there occupied. (source)
- All my life I have been so malapropos as to welcome with tears the bride coming to take the place of a wife whom I had loved, and this time the tears had been on the wedding day so abundant (source)
- Then, on another occasion, he breaks in upon the lofty spiritualities of our Lord's final discourse to His disciples, with the _malapropos_ request, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.' (source)
- Bridgie, detained at home by malapropos ailments on the part of the children, wrote urgent letters by daily posts, contradicting herself on every point saving one alone -- the advisability of delay. (source)
- Dictionary_, it is from the _heels_ of Pegasus the fount of poetic inspiration is supposed to be derived; and, further, that the _brogue_ is not so _malapropos_ to the _heel_ as he imagines, for in Ireland the (source)
- For a moment, when the messenger told me the President wished to see me in his office after the others were gone, I thought I was to be called to account for my malapropos speech, but I was relieved when he added: (source)
- It was just when Edie had reached this point, and she was stirring her tea, and thinking how easily she could settle matters if she were at the head of affairs, so as to make everybody happy, herself included, when her uncle made his malapropos remarks. (source)
- And I know that he was suspelled or expended, I don't remember which, but it was something bad, and Aunt Clara cried, added Jamie all in one breath, for he possessed a fatal gift of making malapropos remarks, which caused him to be a terror to his family. (source)
- But, in at least one recollection, Lewis stayed quite sober during this period of celebration, while his friends, who were speculating on his conduct at the court of King Gustaf, which they assumed would in one way or another be hilariously malapropos, carried on. (source)
- Next day, thanks to his histrionic powers and his ingratiating address, he was promoted to the rank of "supernumerary captain's servant" -- a "post which," I give his words, "I flatter myself, was created for me alone, and furnished me with opportunities unequalled for a task in which one word malapropos would have been my destruction." (source)
- He stared forward, across his littered table, beyond his bookcases, through his thick-lensed glasses, as if confronting the stiffening legend of a husband too old, too dry, too unpliable; the victim, finally, of a sudden turn that was peculiarly malapropos and disrelishing, the head of a household tricked rather ridiculously before the world. (source)
- But by that special bad luck which seems to attend such cases, some malapropos traveller somehow made his way into the cavern, where he found the magic pork-barrel standing silently all alone in the middle of the place, and an ever-burning lamp illuminating the room, and slowly distilling a magic oil upon the salted sorcerer who was cooking below. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 31 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "malapropos" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 9 synonyms for malapropos.
inapposite, inapt, infelicitous, inopportune, tactless, uncalled for, unseemly, unsuitable, untimely
We have 0 antonyms for malapropos.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of malapropos from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Out of place; inappropriate.
- (adverb) In an inappropriate or inopportune manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) out of place; inappropriate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective-and-adverb) Unseasonable or unseasonably; unsuitable or unsuitably.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Inappropriate; out of place; inapt; unseasonable: as, a malapropos remark.
- (None) Unsuitably; unseasonably.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
- (adverb) at an inconvenient time