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 amp; 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 disparitas : Latin dis-, dis- + Late Latin paritas, equality; see parity1.
(countable and uncountable, plural disparities)
From Middle French disparité.