disparate(redirected from disperate)
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separate, divergent, unlike: disparate objectives of the two groups
Not to be confused with:
desperate – rash, frantic, hopeless, desolate: The situation seemed desperate.
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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.]
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utterly different or distinct in kind
(plural) unlike things or people
[C16: from Latin disparāre to divide, from dis-1 + parāre to prepare; also influenced by Latin dispar unequal]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
dis•pa•rate(ˈdɪs pər ɪt, dɪˈspær-)
distinct in kind; dissimilar.
[1580–90; < Latin disparātus, past participle of disparāre to divide, make different]
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|Adj.||1.||disparate - fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind; "such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing"; "disparate ideas"|
different - unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; "took different approaches to the problem"; "came to a different conclusion"; "different parts of the country"; "on different sides of the issue"; "this meeting was different from the earlier one"
|2.||disparate - including markedly dissimilar elements; "a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers"|
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adjective different, contrasting, unlike, contrary, distinct, diverse, at odds, dissimilar, discordant, at variance, discrepant Scientists are trying to pull together disparate ideas.
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disparate[ˈdɪspərɪt] ADJ → dispar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(differing from each other) [interests, ideas] → divers(e); [parts, countries, characters] → différent(e); [elements, colours] → disparate
(= diverse) [group, collection] → hétérogène
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
disparate[ˈdɪspərɪt] adj (frm) → disparato/a
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