follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

disparate

[dis-per-it, dih-spar-] /ˈdɪs pər ɪt, dɪˈspær-/
adjective
1.
distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar:
disparate ideas.
Origin
1580-1590
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.
Synonyms
separate, divergent, incommensurable, unlike.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for disparate
  • 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

disparate

/ˈdɪspərɪt/
adjective
1.
utterly different or distinct in kind
noun
2.
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for disparate
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for disparate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for disparate

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with disparate