One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dissimilarity or diversity.
dissimilarity, contrast, distinction, distinctness, differentiationView synonyms
- ‘The worlds which we see - with all their properties of immensity, resemblance, and dissimilitude - result from the endless multiplicity of falling atoms.’
- ‘Resemblance among objects of the same kind, and dissimilitude among objects of different kinds, are too obvious and familiar to gratify our curiosity in any degree:’
- ‘We shall need to learn how to appreciate anew that ‘manifold and yet harmonious dissimilitude’ that characterizes the people of God on earth.’
- ‘Apart from the matter of a wide dissimilitude of pieties, the task was complicated by somewhat different understandings of the role of hymns in worship.’
- ‘‘The dissimilitude between the terms ‘civil marriage’ and ‘civil union’ is not innocuous: it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual couples to second-class status.’
- ‘Now there is a compelling formulation of the principle of Anglican comprehensiveness - ‘manifold and yet harmonious dissimilitude’!’
- ‘The major dissimilitude in this description is between highly conventional notions of essential masculine and feminine attributes.’
- ‘The dissimilitude is so striking, that the utmost you can here pretend to is a guess, a conjecture, a presumption concerning a similar cause; and how that pretension will be received in the world, I leave you to consider.’
Late Middle English: from Latin dissimilitudo, from dissimilis ‘unlike’, from dis- (expressing reversal) + similis ‘like, similar’.
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