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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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Examples from the web for disproportion
  • In no other poet will you find so vast a disproportion between his works and the eulogies they evoked.
  • He would soon have supplied every deficiency, and symmetrized every disproportion.
  • The disproportion would be tragic if it were not grotesque.
  • With such a dangerous disproportion, the whole must needs be governed by them.
  • In fact, the disproportion between labor cost and product cost is staggering.
  • There is no moral responsibility for deformation or disproportion.
  • In fact, the disproportion between labor costs and product costs is staggering.
  • The disproportion is in his view a phenomenon to be understood using social psychology's own tools.
  • And the consequence is a disproportion in story and personality.
  • In a private, lucid moment, he might have conceded this disproportion.
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.

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