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disparate Line breaks: dis|par¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪsp(ə)rət/

Definition of disparate in English:


1Essentially different in kind; not able to be compared: 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.
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • apparatus from early 17th century:

    This is a Latin word, from apparare ‘make ready for’, from parare ‘make ready’. Other words going back to parare include disparate (Late Middle English), ‘prepared apart’; pare (Middle English); prepare (Late Middle English) ‘prepare in advance’; and separate (Late Middle English) from se- ‘apart’ and parare.



Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with disparate

corporate • professorate

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