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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.
Synonym Study
2. See various. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • She has been most diversely described by her different contemporaries.

  • In Scripture we find the word honour often and diversely used.

    No Cross, No Crown William Penn
  • The walls to be painted without and within, and diversely paineted.

  • From age to age, thereafter, have I been diversely reborn on this earth.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • I don't believe we look at her diversely, in the smallest particular.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • And probably no word has been more vaguely and diversely employed.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • So farewell; and may He protect your Celsitude whom we diversely worship.'

  • Why should we be by nature so fastidious and so diversely affected?

    Falling in Love Grant Allen
  • No piece of mechanism has affected so widely, diversely and powerfully, the globe and its inhabitants, as the locomotive.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches

    Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
  • The traveler cannot but like Augsburg at once, for its quaint houses, colored so diversely and yet harmoniously.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for diversely


/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 diversely



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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