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[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)
to make disproportionate.
Origin of disproportion
1545-55; dis-1 + proportion; compare Middle French disproportion
Related forms
disproportionable, adjective
disproportionableness, noun
disproportionably, adverb Unabridged
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  • We accordingly do not expect, and do not find a disproportion so vast; and yet, there is a great difference between the two sums.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • The disproportion between my motives and other men's is too great to be normal.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I am well aware of the disproportion which exists between the magnitude of my task and the imperfections of my work.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • They do not remember that disproportion in such matters is fatal.

  • Everything was sacrificed to them, and when they are swept away what remains is nakedness, disproportion, and desolation.

  • At Coal Harbor the disproportion was much greater than elsewhere.

    Three Years in the Sixth Corps George T. Stevens
  • A mere copyer of Nature can never produce any thing great; for the works of Nature are full of disproportion.'

  • It is precisely here that the danger of "disproportion" was found.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • Happy literature corrects all this disproportion by its immortal pause.

    The Rhythm of Life Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for disproportion


lack of proportion or equality
an instance of disparity or inequality
(transitive) to cause to become exaggerated or unequal
Derived Forms
disproportionable, adjective
disproportionableness, noun
disproportionably, adverb
disproportional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disproportion

1550s; see dis- + proportion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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