Origin of disparateClassical Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare, to separate from dis-, apart, not + parare, to make equal from par, equal: see par
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.
- 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 perə-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.
- Between 1970 and 2000, neonatal resuscitation has evolved from disparate teaching methods to organized programs.
- Useful collaboration tool for meetings with people in disparate locations.
- Both takes on the song are fantastic, however, and it's a testament to the strength of the songwriting that Heartless can be interpreted in such disparate ways.
- By definition the look is a collection of separate, often disparate, pieces tied together by color and fabric.
- The two images seem to be completely disparate - a tribal pattern from the Polynesian islands and dragons from the East, but with the no holds barred beliefs of today's body art enthusiasts, anything goes.