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[mis-uh-lahy-uh ns] /ˌmɪs əˈlaɪ əns/
an improper or incompatible association, especially in marriage; mésalliance.
Origin of misalliance
1730-40; mis-1 + alliance, modeled on French mésalliance
Can be confused
mésalliance, misalliance. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for misalliance
Historical Examples
  • Later the misalliance of the princess was cautiously touched upon.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • I believe that Lady Flora is little likely to contract such a misalliance.

    The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The marriage had been a misalliance, her father being one of the crew of the flagship.

    The Red Room August Strindberg
  • "misalliance: with a treatise on parents and children," 1914.

  • He had forgotten, in the blindness of his love, how shocking the misalliance would be.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • This is not the language of one who wished to apologise for a misalliance.

  • Her brother well knew how she had struggled against what she would call a misalliance, but Cupid had been the victor.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • If you were to marry the son of an English manufacturer of office furniture, your friends would consider it a misalliance.

    Man And Superman George Bernard Shaw
  • Despite its misalliance with the Italian Renaissance, it stood firm, it did not bend; it remained the grand French style.

  • She would enjoy the situation because it would make the misalliance less marked.

    The Red Room August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for misalliance


an unsuitable alliance or marriage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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