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Definition of Disproportion


  1. Want of proportion in form or quantity; lack of symmetry; as, the arm may be in disproportion to the body; the disproportion of the length of a building to its height.
  2. Want of suitableness, adequacy, or due proportion to an end or use; unsuitableness; disparity; as, the disproportion of strength or means to an object.
  3. To make unsuitable in quantity, form, or fitness to an end; to violate symmetry in; to mismatch; to join unfitly.

Disproportion Quotations

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
Napoleon Bonaparte

I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too.
James Dean

An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion.
Charles Baudelaire

Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.
Victor Hugo

It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical.
Franz Kafka
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Disproportion Translations

disproportion in French is distorsion
disproportion in Norwegian is misforhold
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