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  • v. To give the wrong proportions to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An improper or unesthetic proportion.
  • transitive v. To give wrong or unesthetic proportions to; to join without due proportion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fail to place in proper proportion; join or compare without due proportion.


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mis- +‎ proportion


  • As she wrote to her father, "the worst kind of misproportion is that which leaves out all fun and jokes and laughing.

    Patty Fairfield

  • The Southern men see nothing but misproportion in what is enormous.

    On Nothing and Kindred Subjects

  • 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.

    The Apple-Tree The Open Country Books—No. 1

  • But it would be impossible, in so small a book as this, to examine them in detail without incurring a just charge of misproportion.

    Life of Robert Browning

  • 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.

    Wood-Carving Design and Workmanship

  • 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.

    Wood-Carving Design and Workmanship

  • 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.

    Freeland A Social Anticipation

  • It was this misproportion which gave a piquancy to her expression and which in charming people, no doubt made them believe her handsome.

    At Fault

  • 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.

    Christian Nurture.

  • But rotten souls tend to affect circumstances in grossly inverted misproportion to their numbers.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg


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