Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inequality; disparity.

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  • n. inequality
  • n. disparity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inequality; disparity; disproportion; difference of degree, rank, excellence, number, etc.
  • n. Lack of comparison, correspondence, or suitableness; incongruity.
  • n. Indivisibility into equal parts; oddness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of parity, equivalence, or correspondence; inequality; disproportion; difference of degree, rank, excellence, amount, quantity, etc.; quantitative diversity.
  • n. Numerical unevenness; indivisibility into two equal portions.

Etymologies

Late Latin imparitās, from Latin impār, not equal : in-, not; see in-1 + pār, equal; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • All he can do is throw his hands up and curse his visual imparity.

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  • And until life abroad is valued equally with life at home, imparity over recognition of different genocides will not only continue, but genocide itself will.

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  • One of the most chilling comments to me came from Alan Greenspan today speaking in London suggesting this is just a painful process, but, nonetheless, a historical imparity.

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  • She hath turned away from God her Savior, and hath yielded her members servants to imparity and iniquity; she bath forgotten me, and gone after her lover, by whom she shall not profit.

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  • The arrangement, moreover, serves to accentuate unnecessarily the undeniable imparity of

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  • On the whole, this custom has about the same disadvantages and advantages which Warton points out as resulting from the four rhymes of a Spenserian stanza; -- the advantages, -- picturesqueness, ingenuity, discovery of new beauties: the disadvantages, -- art not concealed by art, tautology, imparity of similitudes, a caricature of typology, painful and affected elaboration.

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  • And observing that five was the antient conjugal or wedding number, he proceeds to a speculation which I shall give in his own words; “The antient numerists made out the conjugal number by two and three, the first parity and imparity, the active and passive digits, the material and formal principles in generative societies.”

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  • Sibyll, between us there are not imparity and obstacle.

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  • Also Friedan-related are the discussions about so-called intersectionality - how to address gender imparity at the same time that we consider racial, ethnic, sexual and class injustices.

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  • It is not imparity, but disparity, that divides the two magnificent theatres.

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