disproportion

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dis- +‎ proportion

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪspɹəˈpɔːʃən/

Noun[edit]

disproportion ‎(plural disproportions)

  1. The state of being out of proportion; an abnormal or improper ratio; an imbalance.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XIII, p. 208, [1]
      [] a handsome creature, remarkably so, with features so symmetrical [] that a micrometer gauge could scarcely find a disproportion in her smooth and broad mahogany-coloured face.
    the disproportion of the length of a building to its height
  2. Lack of suitableness, adequacy, or due proportion to an end or use; unsuitableness.
    the disproportion of strength or means to an object

Verb[edit]

disproportion ‎(third-person singular simple present disproportions, present participle disproportioning, simple past and past participle disproportioned)

  1. (transitive) To make unsuitable in quantity, form, or fitness; to violate symmetry in; to mismatch.
    To shape my legs of an unequal size; / To disproportion me in every part. — Shakespeare.
    A degree of strength altogether disproportioned to the extent of its territory. — Prescott.