disparate[dis′pə rət; also di spar′it]
- The definition of disparate is things that are different from each other, especially when the differences are dramatic.
An example of disparate is treatment when men are treated better than women in the workplace.
essentially not alike; distinct or different in kind; unequal
Origin of disparateClassical Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare, to separate ; from dis-, apart, not + parare, to make equal ; from par, equal: see par
- Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar: “This mixture of apparently disparate materials—scandal and spiritualism, current events and eternal recurrences—is not promising on the face of it” (Garry Wills).
- Containing or composed of dissimilar or opposing elements: a disparate group of people who represented a cross section of the city.
Origin of disparateLatin disparātus, past participle of disparāre, to separate : dis-, apart; see dis– + parāre, to prepare; see per&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more disparate, superlative most disparate)
- Composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous.
- The board of the company was decidedly disparate – no two members from the same social or economic background.
- Essentially different; of different species, unlike but not opposed in pairs; also, less properly, utterly unlike; incapable of being compared; having no common genus.