misalliance
noun Etymology: modification of French mésalliance Date: 1738 1. an improper alliance 2. a. mesalliance b. a marriage between persons unsuited to each other

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  • Misalliance — is a play written in 1909–1910 by George Bernard Shaw. Misalliance takes place entirely on a single Saturday afternoon in the conservatory of a large country house in Hindhead, Surrey in Edwardian era England. It is a continuation of some of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Misalliance — Mis al*li ance, n. [F. m[ e]salliance.] A marriage with a person of inferior rank or social station; an improper alliance; a mesalliance. [1913 Webster] A Leigh had made a misalliance, and blushed A Howard should know it. Mrs. Browning. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misalliance — index disaccord, incongruity, misjoinder Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • misalliance — ► NOUN ▪ an unsuitable or unhappy alliance or marriage …   English terms dictionary

  • misalliance — [mis΄ə lī′əns] n. [after Fr mésalliance] an improper alliance; esp., an unsuitable marriage …   English World dictionary

  • misalliance — UK [ˌmɪsəˈlaɪəns] / US noun [countable] Word forms misalliance : singular misalliance plural misalliances a situation in which two people become partners in work or marriage but are not happy together …   English dictionary

  • misalliance — mis|al|li|ance [ˌmısəˈlaıəns] n formal a situation in which two people or organizations have agreed to work together, marry each other etc, but are not suitable for each other ▪ It was a hopeless misalliance …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • misalliance — /mis euh luy euhns/, n. an improper or incompatible association, esp. in marriage; mésalliance. [1730 40; MIS 1 + ALLIANCE, modeled on F mésalliance] * * * …   Universalium

  • misalliance — noun An unsuitable alliance, especially an unsuitable marriage …   Wiktionary

  • misalliance — Synonyms and related words: a world without end bargain, abnormality, alliance, anomaly, bed, bond of matrimony, bridebed, cohabitation, conjugal bond, conjugal knot, coverture, holy matrimony, holy wedlock, husbandhood, ill assorted marriage,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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