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misalliance

[mis-uh-lahy-uh ns] /ˌmɪs əˈlaɪ əns/
noun
1.
an improper or incompatible association, especially in marriage; mésalliance.
Origin of misalliance
1730-1740
1730-40; mis-1 + alliance, modeled on French mésalliance
Can be confused
mésalliance, misalliance.
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Examples from the Web for misalliance
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  • 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

misalliance

/ˌmɪsəˈlaɪəns/
noun
1.
an unsuitable alliance or marriage
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