Definition of disparate in English:



  • 1Essentially different in kind; not able to be compared.

    ‘they inhabit disparate worlds of thought’
    • ‘Her career charts an interesting course between the disparate poles of her attraction.’
    • ‘He moved comfortably between the two disparate and contradictory worlds of the frontier.’
    • ‘In this group divergent ontogenies transform disparate larvae into similar adults.’
    • ‘He saw too how the disparate elements of travel might be packaged.’
    • ‘One, with strongly racist overtones, links three disparate elements.’
    • ‘At the root of differing transatlantic views of nature were utterly disparate sagas of land settlement.’
    • ‘Heading into the home straight, all these disparate elements finally come together.’
    • ‘For us to succeed, it is essential for disparate groups to work together to achieve these common goals.’
    • ‘There was one thing that tied the disparate elements together - they were all pro-intervention.’
    • ‘Here the demand, however, is very diffuse, confused, composed of disparate elements.’
    • ‘Or that the quests of the motley participants were too disparate to find common ground.’
    • ‘Hopefully the disparate threads will be able to come together in the fourth and last volume of the show.’
    • ‘The crux of the difference between humans and machines is the disparate ways that we prune this tree.’
    • ‘If you're able to query these disparate data sources, you then must be able to combine them.’
    • ‘What the home was lacking was a unified palette to warm the spaces and draw together disparate elements.’
    • ‘He compartmentalises the disparate aspects of his life and shifts gears between them on the spot, rarely looking back.’
    • ‘The difference between those and these findings may be due the disparate methodologies used.’
    • ‘He teases his viewers with disparate elements that are not always easy to identify.’
    • ‘Unusually, he shares his trade secrets by illustrating many of the disparate elements that inspire him.’
    • ‘This difference is due to the disparate methods for describing the bond dissociation rate.’
    contrasting, different, differing, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, poles apart
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    1. 1.1 Containing elements very different from one another.
      ‘a culturally disparate country’
      • ‘But it has really hit a nerve with a disparate, diverse audience from all walks of life.’
      • ‘The men they all have to impress, however, are quite a disparate bunch.’
      • ‘Alexander wants to encourage a consensus among this disparate body of men and women, harnessing their talents for the good of the nation.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, this vast and disparate cast of characters is hard pressed to agree on so vast and disparate an agenda.’
      • ‘Ruef has found that disparate information and its transmission are keys to innovation.’
      • ‘Their action is made more dynamic by the free movement of ideas across a diverse and disparate network.’
      • ‘Instead, the exhibition drew out some of the common themes and ideas that emerged in what was a disparate group of works.’
      • ‘The medium of television has only increased the power of sports to be a shared experience among a disparate population.’
      • ‘We will have the most disparate and diverse opposition in the Dáil for nearly 50 years.’
      • ‘A party of disparate membership, it was united against the rule of the KMT when in opposition.’
      • ‘Communities seem friendly but disparate, and privacy and isolation seem to be central to an Icelander's style of life.’
      • ‘Its strength is not disavowed by its disparate and often contrary nature.’
      • ‘A botched kidnapping brings together a disparate group of characters in this Norwegian black comedy.’
      • ‘Like the time you handled a disgruntled team of disparate personalities while doing a college project.’
      • ‘The recent performance of ‘The Island’ in London was attended by a wide and disparate audience.’
      • ‘The Internet is an electrified reflection of the disparate world we live in.’
      • ‘But it seems our aesthetic is so fractured, so disparate now that there's no common thread, no anchor to hang on to.’
      • ‘A disparate band of Hollywood approved odd-bods head off into the jungle.’
      • ‘There is also the question of disparate impact, particularly upon minorities and the poor.’
      • ‘You would think this was a switch doomed from the start, given the completely disparate nature of the two jobs.’


  • Things so unlike that there is no basis for comparison.

    • ‘The second class of disparates have more to do with the particular foibles of the aperture involved.’
    • ‘Here live disparates, renegades and various isolationists who don't want to join the greater Namqua society.’


Late Middle English: from Latin disparatus ‘separated’, from the verb disparare, from dis- ‘apart’ + parare ‘to prepare’; influenced in sense by Latin dispar ‘unequal’.