diverse

[dih-vurs, dahy-, dahy-vurs]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. divergent plate boundary,
  2. divergent strabismus,
  3. divergent thinking,
  4. diverging lens,
  5. divers,
  6. diversely,
  7. diversification,
  8. diversified,
  9. diversified farming,
  10. diversiform

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 formsdi·verse·ly, adverbdi·verse·ness, nounun·di·verse, adjective

Can be confuseddiverge diversedivers diverse

Synonym study

2. See various.

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Examples from the Web for diverseness

  • Much of man's energy is expended in trying to overcome the diverseness of nature.

    The Apple-Tree|L. H. Bailey
  • Diverseness in unity is a source of her power as well as of her beauty.

    Essays sthetical|George Calvert


British Dictionary definitions for diverseness

diverse

adjective

having variety; assorted
distinct in kind
Derived Formsdiversely, adverbdiverseness, noun

Word Origin for diverse

C13: from Latin dīversus; see divers

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Word Origin and History for diverseness

diverse

adj.

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.

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