Definition of disparate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪsp(ə)rət/


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.
contrasting, different, differing, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, poles apart;
varying, various, diverse, diversified, heterogeneous, unrelated, unconnected, distinct, separate, divergent
literary divers, myriad
rare contrastive
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
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'.

  • 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.

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