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Word: disproportion

Definition: lack of proportion (between the parts); ADJ. disproportionate


Sentences Containing 'disproportion'

For the enjoyment the mind feels must come from the beauty and harmony which it perceives or contemplates in the things that the eye or the imagination brings before it; and nothing that has any ugliness or disproportion about it can give any pleasure.
He noted that "here is a manifest disproportion between the number of tombs and the number of inhabitants for whom there was room in the buildings."
I had often heard him complain of the disproportion of his rank with his fortune; and I advised him to invest all he had in an annuity.
It is possible to see in his works a strong disproportion in the elements, with solid and exuberant forms, that the artist develops imprinting in them a characteristic stamp and style with a very warm and tender spirit.
The disproportion detected in his human figures, opposite to the canon of conventional beauty, puts him closer to Fernando Botero full of tenderness and serenity.
The disproportion would have been too great between the value of the accessory and that of the principal.
The increase of revenue which the proprietor, who is always the undertaker, expects from their improvement, constitutes his profit, which, in these circumstances, is commonly very great; but this great profit cannot be made, without employing the labour of other people in clearing and cultivating the land; and the disproportion between the great extent of the land and the small number of the people, which commonly takes place in new colonies, makes it difficult for him to get this labour.
The modern French penal code further specifies that excessive self-defense is punishable due to "disproportion between the means of defense used and the gravity of the attack" defended against. The evaluation of whether use of force was excessive in a given case can be a difficult task.
The same causes, therefore, the want of manure, and the disproportion between the stock employed in cultivation and the land which it is destined to cultivate, are likely to introduce there a system of husbandry, not unlike that which still continues to take place in so many parts of Scotland.

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