mis·​al·​li·​ance | \ ˌmi-sə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce misalliance (audio) \

Definition of misalliance

1 : an improper alliance
b : a marriage between persons unsuited to each other

Examples of misalliance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farber set the tragedy in a bleak Scottish no man’s land, where a mournful cello underscores a doleful marital misalliance. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 Ultimately, Malinowski concludes, the relationship between nobles and Nazis was a misalliance in which attraction prevailed over repulsion. Christopher R. Browning, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 Clare was the unfortunate evidence of that misalliance. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of misalliance

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for misalliance

modification of French mésalliance

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18 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Misalliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misalliance. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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