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disparity

[dih-spar-i-tee] /dɪˈspær ɪ ti/
noun, plural disparities.
1.
lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference:
a disparity in age; disparity in rank.
Origin of disparity
1545-1555
1545-55; < Middle French desparite < Late Latin disparitās; see dis-1, parity1
Related forms
nondisparity, noun, plural nondisparities.
Synonym Study
See difference.
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  • They see the disparity of wealth and poverty, and their hearts are torn with anger and with pity.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • And the Eumenides there lying express pictorially this disparity.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • One main cause of this disparity is the smallness of the inns here.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • But this disparity in their fortunes which had frightened him before now had no fears for him.

  • Taking no account of the Cherub, the disparity of force is sufficiently obvious.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
British Dictionary definitions for disparity

disparity

/dɪˈspærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
inequality or difference, as in age, rank, wages, etc
2.
dissimilarity
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Word Origin and History for disparity
n.

1550s, from Middle French disparité (16c.), from Late Latin disparitatem (nominative disparitas) "inequality," from dis- "not" (see dis-) + paritas "parity" (see parity). Related: Disparities.

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