[ dis-pruh-pawr-shuh n, -pohr- ]
/ ˌdɪs prəˈpɔr ʃən, -ˈpoʊr- /


lack of proportion; lack of proper relationship in size, number, etc.: architectural disproportions.
something out of proportion: the disproportions of an awkward body.

verb (used with object)

Origin of disproportion

1545–55; dis-1 + proportion; compare Middle French disproportion

Related forms

dis·pro·por·tion·a·ble, adjectivedis·pro·por·tion·a·ble·ness, noundis·pro·por·tion·a·bly, adverb
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/ (ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃən) /


lack of proportion or equality
an instance of disparity or inequality


(tr) to cause to become exaggerated or unequal

Derived Forms

disproportionable, adjectivedisproportionableness, noundisproportionably, adverbdisproportional, adjective
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