When you make $100,000 and your neighbor makes $20,000, this is an example of a large disparity in income.
- inequality or difference, as in rank, amount, quality, etc.
- unlikeness; incongruity
Origin of disparityFrench disparité from Medieval Latin disparitas from Classical Latin dispar, unequal: see dis- and par
- The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference: “narrow the economic disparities among regions and industries” ( Courtenay Slater )
- Unlikeness; incongruity.
Origin of disparityFrench disparité from Old French desparite from Late Latin disparitās Latin dis- dis- Late Latin paritās equality ; see parity 1.
(countable and uncountable, plural disparities)
From Middle French disparité.