misalliance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n misalliance an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misalliance A marriage with a person of inferior rank or social station; an improper alliance; a mesalliance. "A Leigh had made a misalliance , and blushed
      A Howard should know it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misalliance An improper alliance or association; specifically, a marriage relation considered as degrading to one of the parties, owing to the inferior birth or standing of the other: in the latter sense often used in the French form, mésalliance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misalliance mis-al-lī′ans a bad alliance, esp. marriage with one of a lower rank—the Fr. Mésalliance
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mésalliance,

Usage

In literature:

Would either be happy in such a horrible misalliance?
"Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
There is, I believe, not a case on record of a misalliance among the women.
"The American" by Henry James
A misalliance, if you please!
"Misalliance" by George Bernard Shaw
He had forgotten, in the blindness of his love, how shocking the misalliance would be.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
Nature creates her own ranks, and puts her ban upon misalliances.
"All Roads Lead to Calvary" by Jerome K. Jerome
If you were to marry the son of an English manufacturer of office furniture, your friends would consider it a misalliance.
"Man And Superman" by George Bernard Shaw
The thought of a man, with a future as brilliant as his, being blighted at the outset by such a misalliance.
"Peg O' My Heart" by J. Hartley Manners
I cannot, however, consent to speak to Claire of this horrible misalliance.
"The Widow Lerouge" by Emile Gaboriau
I hate misalliances, and will not suffer them at my court.
"Frederick the Great and His Court" by L. Mühlbach
She shall never compromise herself, nor us, by any such misalliance.
"His Heart's Queen" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
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In news:

Comely, independent, willful young lass returns to collect family inheritance in rural England, drives the local men wild, makes several misalliances, and inadvertently precipitates a catastrophe before nature finally takes its course.
George Bernard Shaw's ' Misalliance ' opens at UA on Monday.
They will perform George Bernard Shaw's " Misalliance ".
Backed by exceptionally witty banter, strong direction and a stunningly gorgeous set, the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre production of George Bernard Shaw's " Misalliance " makes for, quite simply, an evening of do-not-miss theater.
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