from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. out of proportion in shape.
- adj. lacking pleasing shape.
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- adj. lacking pleasing proportions
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Old Abe is approaching the podium, looking even more like a badly-dressed and ill-proportioned scarecrow suffering from a depressive disorder than he usually does.
The characters are ill-proportioned so that it is sometimes hard to tell between an adult and a child; and overall it not clean or solid.
It's downright ill-proportioned which is why I think you want to pull it up.
Then how do you manage to make the corselet well proportioned if it is to fit an ill-proportioned body?
T. Cook, p. 380 Or, “how do you make a well-proportioned corselet fit an ill-proportioned body? how well proportioned?”
It produced its belated and ill-proportioned Five Year Plan only in 1928 C.E., eleven years after its accession to power.
If the jostling little fields and misshapen ill-proportioned farms, the untidy mines, refuse-heaps, factories, workers, slums and hovels and all the dire squalor of competitive industrialism had long since disappeared from the spectacle, there was still effort visible at every point in the layout of twenty-first-century exploitation.
A stranger wandering through our world will be forgiven for supposing its inhabitants have a uniformly low level of aesthetic appreciation, and I am not the first to comment on the apparent popularity of ugly constructions, ill-proportioned homes and bland places for work.
A long, low, and ill-proportioned gallery, hung with pictures, affirmed to be the portraits of kings, who, if they ever flourished at all, lived several hundred years before the invention of painting in oil colours, served as a sort of guard chamber or vestibule to the apartments which the adventurous Charles Edward now occupied in the palace of his ancestors.
The implements of popish superstition; such as relicks of pretended saints, ill-proportioned spires and bellfreys, and the nauseous repetition of the figure of the cross, which is in itself a very mean and disagreeable object, only fit for the prisons of condemned criminals, have contributed to introduce a vitious taste into the external architecture, as well as in the internal ornaments of our temples.
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