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[dih-vurs, dahy-, dahy-vurs] /dɪˈvɜrs, daɪ-, ˈdaɪ vɜrs/
of a different kind, form, character, etc.; unlike:
a wide range of diverse opinions.
of various kinds or forms; multiform.
including representatives from more than one social, cultural, or economic group, especially members of ethnic or religious minority groups:
a diverse student body.
Origin of diverse
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin dīversus (past participle of dīvertere “to divert”), equivalent to dī- di-2 + vert- (base of vertere “to turn”) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
diversely, adverb
diverseness, noun
undiverse, adjective
Can be confused
diverge, diverse.
divers, diverse.
1. varied, manifold, divergent. 2. dissimilar, separate.
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2. See various. Unabridged
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  • As in all his sentiments, as in all his sensations, there were mingled in it diverse elements.

    Ramuntcho Pierre Loti
  • Please tell me, just to see, the diverse ways they could be put.

  • Let us assume, then, that there are many and diverse pleasures, and many and different sciences.

    Philebus Plato
  • Now these spirits or intermediate powers are many and diverse, and one of them is Love.'

    Symposium Plato
  • There were present men from many lands and of many nations, and their languages were diverse.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for diverse


/daɪˈvɜːs; ˈdaɪvɜːs/
having variety; assorted
distinct in kind
Derived Forms
diversely, adverb
diverseness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin dīversus; see divers
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Word Origin and History for diverse

c.1300, spelling variant of divers (q.v.), perhaps by analogy with converse, traverse, etc. In some cases directly from Latin diversus, and since c.1700 restricted to the meaning "different in character or quality." Related: Diversely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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