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difference

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of difference

  1. 1 the quality or state of being different <there's a great difference between claiming to care about the environment and living like you really do> Synonyms contrast, disagreement, discrepancy, disparateness, disparity, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, distance, distinction, distinctiveness, distinctness, diverseness, diversity, otherness, unlikeness Related Words deviance, divergence; differentiability, discriminability, distinguishability; change, modification, variation; conflict, discord, discordance, dissension (also dissention), dissent, dissidence, disunity, friction, strife; variability, variance; anomalousness, dichotomy, incompatibility, incongruence, incongruity, incongruousness, nonconformity; disproportion, imbalance, inequality, nonequivalence Near Antonyms identicalness, identity; accordance, agreement, conformity, congruity, correspondence, parallelism, similitude; equality, equivalence, equivalency; homogeneity, homogeneousness, uniformity Antonyms alikeness, analogousness, analogy, community, likeness, resemblance, sameness, similarity

  2. 2 variance of opinion on a matter <we must try to settle our differences without fighting> Synonyms contestation, controversy, debate, disagreement, difficulty, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), dissensus, firestorm, nonconcurrenceRelated Words clash, collision, conflict, confliction, disaccord, discord, dissonance; apartness, divarication, division; combat, contention, strife, struggle; altercation, argument, bicker, falling-out, fight, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, set-toNear Antonyms acceptance, compliance; concord, peaceAntonyms accord, agreement, consensus, harmony, unanimity

  3. 3 the act, process, or result of making different <it won't make any difference which one you choose> Synonyms alteration, change, modification, redoing, refashioning, remaking, remodeling, revamping, review, revise, revision, reworking, variationRelated Words amendment, correction, rectification, reform; conversion, deformation, distortion, metamorphosis, mutation, transfiguration, transformation; fluctuation, oscillation, shift; displacement, replacement, substitution; adjustment, modulation, regulation, tweak; redesign, redoAntonyms fixation, stabilization




difference

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of difference

  1. to understand or point out the difference in <people who cannot difference God's will from their own selfish desires and prejudices> Synonyms distinguish, differentiate, discern, discriminate, secern, separateRelated Words contradistinguish; comprehend, grasp, know, understand; divide, part, sever; demarcate, mark (off), set offNear Antonyms confound, lump (together), mingleAntonyms confuse, mistake, mix (up)





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