Definition of disparate in English:


Syllabification: dis·pa·rate
Pronunciation: /ˈdispərit, diˈsparit


  • 1Essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison: they inhabit disparate worlds of thought
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    • Hopefully the disparate threads will be able to come together in the fourth and last volume of the show.
    • For us to succeed, it is essential for disparate groups to work together to achieve these common goals.
    • He compartmentalises the disparate aspects of his life and shifts gears between them on the spot, rarely looking back.
    contrasting, different, differing, dissimilar, unalike, poles apart; varying, various, diverse, diversified, heterogeneous, distinct, separate, divergent
    literary divers
  • 1.1Containing elements very different from one another: a culturally disparate country
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    • Its strength is not disavowed by its disparate and often contrary nature.
    • But it has really hit a nerve with a disparate, diverse audience from all walks of life.
    • We will have the most disparate and diverse opposition in the Dáil for nearly 50 years.


(disparates) • archaic Back to top  
  • Things so unlike that there is no basis for comparison.
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    • The second class of disparates have more to do with the particular foibles of the aperture involved.
    • Here live disparates, renegades and various isolationists who don't want to join the greater Namqua society.



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  • And what in the world is the connection between those disparately eclectic events, I can hear folks asking from many and varied locations.
  • I think it's the duty of any serious reader to read as widely and as disparately as they can.
  • But schools cannot hide behind test scores; instead, they must also examine how policies and procedures disparately impact the recruitment of minority students.


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  • But as any music critic will tell you, diversity and disparateness doesn't equal interesting stories.
  • That Arthur's individuality emerges from the very disparateness of his internal ‘geography’ seems at odds with a concept of individuality that would emerge from within Williams's knowable community.
  • This is not helped by the rather haphazard arrangement of images in the catalogue, edited by the show's curator, Jan Marsh, who admits that its disparateness is both a strength and weakness.


late Middle English: from Latin disparatus 'separated', from the verb disparare, from dis- 'apart' + parare 'to prepare'; influenced in sense by Latin dispar 'unequal'.

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