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[dis-per-it, dih-spar-] /ˈdɪs pər ɪt, dɪˈspær-/
distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar:
disparate ideas.
Origin of disparate
1580-90; < Latin disparātus separated (past participle of disparāre), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + par(āre) to prepare (see pare) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
disparately, adverb
disparateness, noun
nondisparate, adjective
nondisparately, adverb
nondisparateness, noun
Can be confused
desperate, disparate.
separate, divergent, incommensurable, unlike. Unabridged
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  • These disparate interests work against regional planning and promote sprawl.
  • Two atmospheric scientists have now resolved these seemingly disparate trends.
  • She cautions against going overboard with too many disparate shades.
  • This is based on an erroneous reading of various disparate public records.
  • The theory is born of a marriage of two disparate fields.
  • Before smart missiles and iPhones, electronic devices choked on the hefty tubes required to connect disparate transistors.
  • The crowd was a disparate group.
  • He is also pressing forward with plans to gather together his disparate supporters into a single revolutionary organisation.
  • The statistics on disparate treatment are staggering.
  • It weaves together two seemingly disparate tales into a stunning conclusion.
British Dictionary definitions for disparate


utterly different or distinct in kind
(pl) unlike things or people
Derived Forms
disparately, adverb
disparateness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin disparāre to divide, from dis-1 + parāre to prepare; also influenced by Latin dispar unequal
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Word Origin and History for disparate

c.1600, "unlike in kind," from Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare "divide, separate," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + parare "get ready, prepare" (see pare); meaning influenced by Latin dispar "unequal, unlike." Related: Disparately; disparateness.

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