Definition of different in English:
- It's very different from here, and high on the list of reasons why I need to move to a big city soon.
- Needless to say, my idea of a perfect holiday might be different from that of other people.
- Women are different from men, but it is time to say farewell to the politics of difference.
- It is the only element in retail in Bury that makes our town different, even unique.
- Of course, the company has always prided itself on being that little bit different.
- ‘It's never too late to try something different,’ she said before yesterday's commencement ceremony.
- This was a variation on the theme which kept the different aspects of money separate.
- I think we have to be a bit careful in not separating out two quite different things.
- To start with, it is common to distinguish between two different kinds of validity.
The word different came ultimately from a form of Latin differre, which meant both ‘defer’ and ‘differ’ in Latin, and is also the source of these two words in English. The modern proverb different strokes for different folks is of US origin. It came to prominence in newspaper reports of comments made by Muhammad Ali about his knockout punches in fights with Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and Karl Mildenberger during the 1960s. In the saying strokes means ‘comforting gestures of approval or congratulation’, but Ali was making a pun on the word's other meaning, ‘blows’.
Different from, different than, and different to: what are the distinctions between these three constructions, and is one more correct than the others? In practice, different from is both the most common structure and the most accepted. Different than is used chiefly in North America, although its use is increasing in British English. Because it can be followed by a clause, it is sometimes more concise than different from (compare "things are different than they were a year ago" with "things are different from the way they were a year ago"). Different to, although common in Britain, is disliked by traditionalists and sounds peculiar to American ears.
different strokes for different folks
- proverb Different things appeal to different people.Example sentences
- Then it hit me: it's just different strokes for different folks.
- Creative ambiguity, economy with the truth, or is it just a case of different strokes for different folks?
- His wife is tattooed as a cat - different strokes for different folks.
- Example sentences
- ‘Diversity,’ in effect, has become a veil for positing the fundamental differentness of people based on their race or sex, rather than suggesting something altogether different - the removal of barriers that separate.
- Being treated as slaves or second-class citizens on the basis of a racist ideology, they opposed racist value judgements but accepted the essential differentness of races.
- The differentness of ‘immigrated religions’ must therefore be accepted.
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