- 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.
Origin: Classical Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare, to separate ; from dis-, apart, not plush parare, to make equal ; from par, equal: see par
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- 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” (Gary Wills).
- Containing or composed of dissimilar or opposing elements: a disparate group of people who represented a cross section of the city.
Origin: Latin disparātus, past participle of disparāre, to separate : dis-, apart; see dis- + parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- disˈpa·rate·ly adverb
- disˈpa·rate·ness noun