disparate

adjective
dis·pa·rate | \ ˈdis-p(ə-)rət , di-ˈsper-ət , -ˈspa-rət \

Definition of disparate 

1 : markedly distinct in quality or character

2 : containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements

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Other words from disparate

disparately adverb
disparateness noun
disparity \di-ˈsper-ə-tē, -ˈspa-rə- \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for disparate

different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

Examples of disparate in a Sentence

First during the nineteen-seventies, but with increasing momentum during the eighties, a loose community of physics researchers had begun to postulate that the disparate small particles that we learned about in high-school science class—electrons, for instance—were actually the varied vibrations of tiny open and closed looped strings. —Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New Yorker, 21 July 2008 The American border with Mexico is among the most economically disparate intersections in the world, but the cities on either side of the port looked almost identical—a spread of humble brick and cinder-block homes dotting a blanket of brown hills. —Cecilia Balli, Harper's, October 2006 I made the French lemon cream tart that Greenspan credits to Hermé and got disparate reactions. An American friend loved its creaminess and felt it had a comfortingly familiar texture; a British friend … said he missed the traditional sharp, gel-like custard. —Tamasin Day-Lewis, Saveur, November 2006 Like these imagined cities, identical twins are identical only in their blueprints. By the time they are born, they are already disparate in countless neurological and physiological ways that mostly we cannot see. —Frank J. Sulloway, New York Review, 30 Nov. 2006 The plan, as near as anybody outside Yahoo can make out, is to stitch all those disparate organizations into one huge Frankenstein's monster of a search engine that will strike terror into the hearts of all who behold it. —Lev Grossman, Time, 22 Dec. 2003 disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
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For the day’s activities, both women stuck with heavily relied-upon fashion labels in two disparate (but still classic) silhouettes. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "In Belgium, Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump Are Style Opposites—But With a Similar Message," 11 July 2018 His attorney painted him as the true architect that had worked on the disparate elements — branding, technology, design, and manufacturing. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Hit With $25M Verdict at Beats Trial," 27 June 2018 Iannucci's decision to have the cast all speak with their natural accents takes a bit of getting used to (having Stalin rendered in McLoughlin’s native Cockney is particularly unexpected), as does the integration of rather disparate acting styles. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Death of Stalin Is a Wicked Farce," 16 Mar. 2018 Decoration or emphasis on the upper chest was a big theme in the disparate decorative styles that revamped ethnic, sportswear and military styles in a contemporary way. Washington Post, "Chanel caps Paris with ode to fall; stars out at Vuitton," 6 Mar. 2018 A few years ago, in an unpopular decision, the Recording Academy collapsed a range of disparate styles — polka, zydeco, Hawaiian, Native American music and more — into one category, best regional roots music album. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Grammy Gems You Won’t Hear on ‘Music’s Biggest Night’," 26 Jan. 2018 British reedist Shabaka Hutchings, a dynamo rooted in jazz, is an agile and curious musician who spreads his soulfully biting improvisation across wildly disparate projects. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "British reedist Shabaka Hutchings brings his Caribbean-flavored jazz quartet Sons of Kemet to Chicago," 21 June 2018 How did all these disparate threads come together to create this nightmare? Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maeve Just Developed a Crazy New Power on Westworld," 21 May 2018 All these disparate threads come together to create this nightmare. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: A Cut Above," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of disparate

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disparate

borrowed from Latin disparātus "separate, distinct," from past participle of disparāre "to divide, separate off, make different," from dis- dis- + parāre "to supply, provide, make ready" (influenced in sense by association with dispar-, dispār "unequal, different") — more at pare

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disparate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of disparate

: different from each other

disparate

adjective
dis·pa·rate | \ dis-ˈpar-ət , ˈdis-p(ə-)rət \

Medical Definition of disparate 

: indicating or stimulating dissimilar points on the retina of each eye

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