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 (dĭs′pər-ĭt, dĭ-spăr′ĭt)
1. Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar: "This mixture of apparently disparate materials—scandal and spiritualism, current events and eternal recurrences—is not promising on the face of it" (Garry Wills).
2. Containing or composed of dissimilar or opposing elements: a disparate group of people who represented a cross section of the city.

[Latin disparātus, past participle of disparāre, to separate : dis-, apart; see dis- + parāre, to prepare; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

dis′pa·rate·ly adv.
dis′pa·rate·ness n.
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Noun1.disparateness - utter dissimilarity
dissimilarity, unsimilarity - the quality of being dissimilar
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First, although there are recurrent ideas that run through all the different pieces (for example, issues of national politics, Zionism, and the experience of emigration) the volume suffers slightly from the disparateness of its subject.
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It is this sense of disparateness, of a need to belong to something meaningful and greater than oneself that scholars of extremism such as Scott Atran see as the root of radicalisation.
Disparateness as a precondition for individuation through relationships?
In Jane Williams's collection, The Literary Women of England (1861), she highlights the disparateness of the Floral clock poems by Smith and Hemans, remarking, "The subject is the same, the treatment as different as it could possibly receive from two feminine minds." (77)
-from the Latin comparare, which is to make equal with, liken, bring together for a contest-the various intellectual traditions and currents, interfacing them, making them complement one another while likewise pointing out their disparateness and disagreements.
This diffusion and disparateness of late gambits belonged not to the exhibition but the artist, who embarked on brave ventures that pushed together gesture, description, and conceptual severity in works that, though uneven, fill one with admiration.
Yet it also articulates and reinforces the difference between the "friendship" credo of the X-Men and the "official" union that is Alpha Flight; the disparateness of Alpha Flight's members suggests the Canadian team lacks the moral enrichment and empathy of the X-Men, who are not only teammates but friends, living and working together not because they have to, but because they want to.