[ dis-per-it, dih-spar- ]
/ ˈdɪs pər ɪt, dɪˈspær- /


distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar: disparate ideas.

Nearby words

  1. disoriented,
  2. disown,
  3. disparage,
  4. disparagement,
  5. disparaging,
  6. disparately,
  7. disparity,
  8. disparlure,
  9. dispart,
  10. dispassion

Origin of disparate

1580–90; < Latin disparātus separated (past participle of disparāre), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + par(āre) to prepare (see pare) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms
Can be confuseddesperate disparate

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British Dictionary definitions for disparately


/ (ˈdɪspərɪt) /


utterly different or distinct in kind


(plural) unlike things or people
Derived Formsdisparately, adverbdisparateness, noun

Word Origin for disparate

C16: from Latin disparāre to divide, from dis- 1 + parāre to prepare; also influenced by Latin dispar unequal

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Word Origin and History for disparately



c.1600, "unlike in kind," from Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare "divide, separate," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + parare "get ready, prepare" (see pare); meaning influenced by Latin dispar "unequal, unlike." Related: Disparately; disparateness.

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