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disparate adj
1 fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind; "such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing"; "disparate ideas"
2 including markedly dissimilar elements; "a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers"

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English

Etymology

From disparātus, past participle of disparāre ‘to divide’ from dis- ‘apart’ + parāre ‘prepare’.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈdɪspərɪt/ or /ˈdɪspərət/
  • /dɪˈspɛrɪt/ or /dɪˈspɛrət/

Adjective

  1. Composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous.
    The board of the company was decidedly disparate – no two members from the same social or economic background.

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French

Etymology

Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare ‘to divide’, from dis- ‘apart’ + parare ‘prepare’.

Pronunciation

/dispaʀat/

Italian

Adjective

disparate
  1. Feminine plural form of disparato

Spanish

Noun

  1. nonsense (meaningless words or actions)
  2. Great amount; a lot.

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