noun, plural di·ver·si·ties.
Origin of diversity
Examples from the Web for diversities
There is nothing, therefore, in the diversities of complexion which indicates specific diversity in different human races.
Generally in this way we may account for the diversities in the size of raindrops or snowflakes.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Diversities of both rhyme and rhythm are practically excluded from Japanese poetry by the nature of the language.Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic|Sidney L. Gulick
There is underlying unity, but there are, to quote St. Paul, diversities of operation.Myths and Dreams|Edward Clodd
In those divinely qualified for the ministry, there are diversities of gifts, though but one spirit.The Divine Right of Church Government|Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
British Dictionary definitions for diversities
Word Origin and History for diversities
mid-14c., "quality of being diverse," mostly in a neutral sense, from Old French diversité (12c.) "difference, diversity, unique feature, oddness:" also "wickedness, perversity," from Latin diversitatem (nominative diversitas) "contrariety, contradiction, disagreement;" also, as a secondary sense, "difference, diversity," from diversus "turned different ways" (in Late Latin "various"), past participle of divertere (see divert).
Negative meaning, "being contrary to what is agreeable or right; perversity, evil" existed in English from late 15c. but was obsolete from 17c. Diversity as a virtue in a nation is an idea from the rise of modern democracies in the 1790s, where it kept one faction from arrogating all power (but this was not quite the modern sense, as ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, etc. were not the qualities in mind):
The dissimilarity in the ingredients which will compose the national government, and still more in the manner in which they will be brought into action in its various branches, must form a powerful obstacle to a concert of views in any partial scheme of elections. There is sufficient diversity in the state of property, in the genius, manners, and habits of the people of the different parts of the Union, to occasion a material diversity of disposition in their representatives towards the different ranks and conditions in society. ["Federalist" #60, Feb. 26, 1788 (Hamilton)]
Specific focus (in a positive sense) on race, gender, etc. is from 1992.