Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference.
  • noun Unlikeness; incongruity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being disparate.
  • noun Dissimilitude; extreme unlikeness; specifically, a degree of unlikeness so great that it renders comparison impossible.
  • noun One of two or more unlike things; a disparate.
  • noun Synonyms Dissimilarity, etc. (see difference), disproportion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Inequality; difference in age, rank, condition, or excellence; dissimilitude; -- followed by between, in, of, as to, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable the state of being unequal; difference
  • noun incongruity

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun inequality or difference in some respect

Etymologies

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

[French disparité, from Old French desparite, from Late Latin disparitās : Latin dis-, dis- + Late Latin paritās, equality; see parity.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French disparité.

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