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- v. To give the wrong proportions to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give wrong or unesthetic proportions to; to join without due proportion.
- n. An improper or unesthetic proportion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fail to place in proper proportion; join or compare without due proportion.
As she wrote to her father, "the worst kind of misproportion is that which leaves out all fun and jokes and laughing.
The Southern men see nothing but misproportion in what is enormous.
The plant forms are strange and various, making mosaic of contrasting range of leaf-size and leaf-shape, palm and grass and fern, epiphyte and liana and clumpy mistletoe, of grace and clumsiness and even misproportion, a tall thick landscape all mingled into a symmetry of disorder that charms the attention and fascinates the eye.
But it would be impossible, in so small a book as this, to examine them in detail without incurring a just charge of misproportion.
Before we leave this subject, look at Plate II, in which you will see a curious use of misproportion -- intentional, too, in this case -- and used for quite other than humorous purposes.
The broad-humor characteristic of the companion picture of medieval life, in the little domestic scene, Fig. 65, is equally free from forced exaggeration or intentional misproportion.
Doubtless, very serious mistakes might be made in the organisation of the managing as well as of the overlooking organs -- there might be a serious misproportion in the powers conferred.
It was this misproportion which gave a piquancy to her expression and which in charming people, no doubt made them believe her handsome.
We not only lose our children under this atomizing scheme of piety, which is a loss we can not afford, but a certain misproportion is induced, which distempers all our efforts and demonstrations.
But rotten souls tend to affect circumstances in grossly inverted misproportion to their numbers.