noun, plural di·ver·si·ties.
- diverticular disease,
Origin of diversity
Examples from the Web for diversity
That would truly be a milestone to celebrate—until you see what that record “diversity” actually means.
Parker tells of a new Texas struggling to deal with diversity.
We know there needs to be diversity in storytellers telling their own stories.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History|Marlow Stern|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The speakers emphasized the diversity of the crowd and seemed to almost play defense over any perceived media attacks.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without any diversity of opinion, candidates tend to bunch together as much as possible.
With all this diversity of race there was a great diversity of opinions about political questions, as about other matters.The War of Independence|John Fiske
Associated with this diversity of habitat is great variety in general form and manner of growth.
To this diversity of lines we must add the diversity of decoration.The Spell of the Heart of France|Andr Hallays
The variety goes on increasing in diversity, while the original still continues to produce its like.
All this sameness in diversity disappears when we turn to theology.Religion and Theology: A Sermon for the Times|John Tulloch
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.