Definition of disparity in English:



  • A great difference.

    ‘economic disparities between different regions of the country’
    ‘the great disparity of weight between the sun and the planets’
    • ‘Prevailing economic theory suggests that such information disparities can lead to market failure.’
    • ‘The disparity in fees between different schools can be overwhelming.’
    • ‘In the past, critics have pointed to disparities in testing as being the cause of any differences found.’
    • ‘In part this different history may have to do with the disparities between the first and second waves of feminism.’
    • ‘His appeal may lie in the disparity between the image projected in his interviews and the image perpetuated in his records.’
    • ‘He believes that the growing disparity between the rich and poor of the world is a disaster that will lead to more terrorist outrages.’
    • ‘In any case, the wide disparity of incomes and egos leads to a certain instability.’
    • ‘The ease with which we now travel over land has led to a great disparity between prehistoric and modern perceptions of islands.’
    • ‘They may blame the diverse students or even parents for these disparities and variations.’
    • ‘There seems little doubt that there remains a disparity between women's pay and that of their male counterparts.’
    • ‘And we have a wide disparity between the simply poor and the poorest of the poor.’
    • ‘Income and standards of living disparities in different regions of the country have become a growing problem.’
    • ‘I estimate that the comparable disparities in Australia are less marked but still not inconsiderable.’
    • ‘And of course, the last explanation for the disparity, is the one that you point out.’
    • ‘Others remain unanswered and court practice in different regions of the country shows stark disparities.’
    • ‘His shots do help demonstrate the disparity between different films.’
    • ‘It has led to declining standards of living and widening income disparities.’
    • ‘Mr Causley said he was sympathetic and well aware of the disparity in pay.’
    • ‘Waterhouse explained his justification for the disparity between program fees.’
    • ‘Regional disparities further accentuated ancient distinctions, especially between the north and the south.’
    discrepancy, inconsistency, imbalance, inequality, incongruity, unevenness, disproportion
    variance, variation, divergence, polarity, gap, gulf, breach
    difference, dissimilarity, contrast, distinction, differential
    unlikeness, dissimilitude, contrariety
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Mid 16th century: from French disparité, from late Latin disparitas, based on Latin paritas parity.