noun, plural in·fe·lic·i·ties for 3, 5.

  1. the quality or state of being unhappy; unhappiness.
  2. misfortune; bad luck.
  3. an unfortunate circumstance; misfortune.
  4. inaptness, inappropriateness, or awkwardness, as of action or expression.
  5. something inapt or infelicitous: infelicities of style.

noun plural -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

late 14c., from Latin infelicitas “ill luck, misfortune,” from infelix (genitive infelicis) “unfruitful, barren; unfortunate, unhappy, causing misfortune, unlucky,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + felix (see felicity).

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