lack of proportion; lack of proper relationship in size, number, etc.: architectural disproportions.
something out of proportion: the disproportions of an awkward body.
to make disproportionate.
- dis·pro·por·tion·a·ble, adjective
- dis·pro·por·tion·a·ble·ness, noun
- dis·pro·por·tion·a·bly, adverb
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How to use disproportion in a sentence
The contrast reflects a broader disproportion in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.Israel’s Iron Dome: The Ultimate Missile Destroyer | Dan Ephron | November 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Comparisons are complicated, but the disproportion is overwhelming.
Also, that which especially exasperates the man of Taste in the sight of Vice is its deformity and disproportion.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
The greater the disproportion between the unit who commands and the numbers who obey, the greater the chance of mutiny.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
The disproportion was certainly not due to any discrimination by the officers or crew in assisting the passengers to the boats.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government
The same disproportion of number and value may be noticed on many occasions between the sin-offering and the peace offering.Separation and Service | James Hudson Taylor
Not that there is in that course—in its achievements—any disproportion with the previous promise.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
British Dictionary definitions for disproportion
lack of proportion or equality
an instance of disparity or inequality
(tr) to cause to become exaggerated or unequal
- disproportionable, adjective
- disproportionableness, noun
- disproportionably, adverb
- disproportional, adjective
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