Definition of misalliance in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪsəˈlʌɪəns/


An unsuitable, unhappy, or unworkable alliance or marriage: it’s no good blaming yourself—it was a hopeless misalliance
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  • The interrelationship between the characters too, echoes the constellation of the German Enlightenment dramas of G. E. Lessing and Friedrich Schiller, complete with a symbolic father/son conflict and various misalliances.
  • The word ‘mulatto’ is derived from the Arabic muwallad, which originally referred to persons who were not ‘genuine’ Arabs, especially individuals born of black - white ‘misalliances’.
  • Some even went so far as to assert that he was already married, and that it was in order to escape the consequence of an early misalliance that he had buried himself at Bishop's Crossing.


Mid 18th century: from mis-1 'awry' + alliance, on the pattern of French mésalliance.

Words that rhyme with misalliance

alliance, appliance, compliance, defiance, neuroscience, reliance, science

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