An example of disparate is treatment when men are treated better than women in the workplace.
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 disparatus, past participle of disparare, to separate : dis-, apart; see dis– + parare, 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.