Definition of mésalliance in US English:



  • A marriage with a person thought to be unsuitable or of a lower social position.

    • ‘It can only be that the union would be a shocking mésalliance, or surely he would simply propose - what fool would turn down the Ashton fortunes, lands, and looks?’
    • ‘All three of the sisters' marriages were considered hopeless mésalliances by the husbands' families at the time.’
    • ‘In like manner, the behavioral divorce from certain psychotherapy concepts (and alliance or mésalliance with others), has taken various forms.’
    • ‘Without a pedigree authenticated by fellow nobles, true nobility was unthinkable - a problem that could cause acute embarrassment to the recently ennobled or the progeny of mésalliances.’
    discrepancy, lack of congruence, inconsistency, contradiction, incongruity, incongruousness, conflict, discord, irreconcilability, misalliance, mismarriage, bad match
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French, from més- ‘wrong, misdirected’ + alliance (see alliance).