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[dih-spar-i-tee] /dɪˈspær ɪ ti/
noun, plural disparities.
lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference:
a disparity in age; disparity in rank.
Origin of disparity
1545-55; < Middle French desparite < Late Latin disparitās; see dis-1, parity1
Related forms
nondisparity, noun, plural nondisparities.
See difference. Unabridged
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  • He smiled ironically as he remembered the disparity between his own fortunes and those of his former wife.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • They see the disparity of wealth and poverty, and their hearts are torn with anger and with pity.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The disparity in physical appearance between some of these nations, which may be attributed for the most part to diet, is curious.

  • But this disparity in their fortunes which had frightened him before now had no fears for him.

  • To add to the disparity of numbers, only a few of the Buccaneers' boats were able to arrive in time.

British Dictionary definitions for disparity


noun (pl) -ties
inequality or difference, as in age, rank, wages, etc
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Word Origin and History for disparity

1550s, from Middle French disparité (16c.), from Late Latin disparitatem (nominative disparitas) "inequality," from dis- "not" (see dis-) + paritas "parity" (see parity). Related: Disparities.

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