disproportion

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

noun

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)


Nearby words

  1. disposure,
  2. dispraise,
  3. dispread,
  4. disprize,
  5. disproof,
  6. disproportional,
  7. disproportionate,
  8. disproportionation,
  9. disprove,
  10. dispur

Origin of disproportion

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

Related formsdis·pro·por·tion·a·ble, adjectivedis·pro·por·tion·a·ble·ness, noundis·pro·por·tion·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for disproportion

disproportion

/ (ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃən) /

noun

lack of proportion or equality
an instance of disparity or inequality

verb

(tr) to cause to become exaggerated or unequal
Derived Formsdisproportionable, adjectivedisproportionableness, noundisproportionably, adverbdisproportional, adjective

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Word Origin and History for disproportion

disproportion

n.

1550s; see dis- + proportion.

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