from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not endowed or furnished with a portion or fortune.


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  • To the astonishment, and perhaps to the envy, of the fashionable world, those two unportioned young women made the most splendid matches of the season.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844

  • He'd tax every male in the land, according to his income or wage, to say nothing of the rich women, and keep every last one of the unportioned in idleness rather than risk the downfall of male supremacy in the world.

    The Sisters-In-Law

  • Whitby being one of the oldest and grandest foundations was sure to be inaccessible to a high-born but unportioned girl, and Grisell in her sense of loneliness saw nothing before her but to become an anchoress, that is to say, a female hermit, such as generally lived in strict seclusion under shelter of the Church.

    Grisly Grisell

  • Mrs. Hunt had been sustained in her endurance by a largess that now and then fell upon her eldest son, and by the hope that ultimately her brother's fortune would descend to her unportioned children.

    Tales and Sketches

  • You will find all my papers relative to the estates of my wards, gentlemen, in the hands of my banker in London; and you will also find there my will, Edward, by which you will learn that Cicely has not come to your arms an unportioned bride.

    The Pilot

  • He had been for some years a widower, and was the father of two daughters, the surviving children of five, by an unportioned, amiable, and by him, ever-lamented wife.

    Romance Readers and Romance Writers: a Satirical Novel

  • The wealthy part of the community who neglected to educate their female offspring, at this seminary of learning, should pay a fine, which should be appropriated to the maintenance of the unportioned scholars.

    Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination

  • Lord Allen's affairs being much deranged, he became now as anxious to prove the marriage with the wealthy heiress, as he had formerly been to disown the unportioned damsel; and succeeded, after such opposition as the lady judged necessary to give colour to the farce.

    The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. - Volume 07 Historical and Political Tracts-Irish

  • But either his success, or the frequency of the transgression in others, soon wiped off this slight stain from his character; and, although there were a few who, dissatisfied with their own fortunes, or conscious of their own demerits, would make dark hints concerning the sudden prosperity of the unportioned Quaker, yet his services, and possibly his wealth, soon drove the recollection of these vague conjectures from men's minds.

    Word of the Day

  • Of the generous disinterestedness of his heart you can form an opinion even from the evidence of the defendant, that he declined an alliance which would have added to his fortune and consideration, and which he rejected for an unportioned union with his present wife -- she too, at that time, young, beautiful and accomplished; and feeling her affection for her husband increase, in proportion as she remembered the ardor of his love, and the sincerity of his sacrifice.

    Irish Wit and Humor Anecdote Biography of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell


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