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 for infelicity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Infelicity \In`fe*lic"i*ty\, n.; pl. Infelicities. [L.
     infelicitas: cf. F. inf['e]licit['e]. See In- not, and
     [1913 Webster]
     1. The state or quality of being infelicitous; unhappiness;
        misery; wretchedness; misfortune; lack of suitableness or
        appropriateness. --I. Watts.
        [1913 Webster]
              Whatever is the ignorance and infelicity of the
              present state, we were made wise and happy.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. That (as an act, word, expression, etc.) which is
        infelicitous; as, infelicities of speech.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: inappropriate and unpleasing manner or style (especially
           manner or style of expression) [ant: felicitousness,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  143 Moby Thesaurus words for "infelicity":
     Gothicism, abnormality, aching heart, agony, agony of mind,
     anguish, anomaly, antiphrasis, bad taste, bale, barbarism,
     barbarousness, bitterness, bleeding heart, bombasticness,
     broken heart, cacology, cacophony, cheerlessness, clumsiness,
     coarseness, corruption, crudeness, crushing, cumbrousness,
     depression, depth of misery, desolation, despair, discontent,
     displeasure, dysphemism, extremity, futility, gracelessness, grief,
     grimness, grossness, harshness, heartache, heaviness, heavy heart,
     humorlessness, ill-balanced sentences, impoliticalness,
     impoliticness, impropriety, impurity, inadmissibility,
     inadvisability, inapplicability, inappositeness, inappropriateness,
     inaptitude, inaptness, inauspiciousness, inconcinnity, incongruity,
     inconvenience, inconveniency, incorrectness, indecorousness,
     inelegance, inelegancy, ineptitude, inexpedience, inexpediency,
     infestivity, inopportuneness, inopportunity, intempestivity,
     interruption, intrusion, irrelevance, irrelevancy, joylessness,
     lack of finish, lack of polish, lateness, leadenness,
     maladjustment, malapropism, melancholia, melancholy, mesalliance,
     mirthlessness, misalliance, misconstruction, misery, misjoinder,
     misjoining, mismatch, missaying, misusage, pompousness,
     ponderousness, poor diction, prematurity, prostration, roughness,
     rudeness, sadness, sesquipedalianism, sesquipedality,
     slipshod construction, solecism, stiltedness, suicidal despair,
     tastelessness, turgidity, uncheerfulness, uncongeniality,
     uncouthness, undesirability, uneuphoniousness, unfavorableness,
     unfitness, unfittingness, unfortunateness, ungracefulness,
     ungrammaticism, unhappiness, unjoyfulness, unmeetness,
     unmirthfulness, unprofitability, unprofitableness,
     unpropitiousness, unrefinement, unripeness, unseasonableness,
     unseemliness, unsuitability, untimeliness, unwieldiness,
     unwiseness, uselessness, vulgarism, vulgarity, woe, worthlessness,
     wretchedness, wrongness

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