1. fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
; - Example: "such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing"- Example: "disparate ideas"
2. including markedly dissimilar elements
; - Example: "a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Disparate \Dis"pa*rate\, a. [L. disparatus, p. p. of disparare
to part, separate; dis- + parare to make ready, prepare.]
1. Unequal; dissimilar; separate.
Connecting disparate thoughts, purely by means of
resemblances in the words expressing them.
2. (Logic) Pertaining to two coordinate species or divisions.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind;
"such disparate attractions as grand opera and game
fishing"; "disparate ideas"
2: including markedly dissimilar elements; "a disparate
aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
82 Moby Thesaurus words for "disparate":
assorted, asymmetric, at odds, at variance, contrary, contrasted,
contrasting, counter, departing, deviating, deviative, different,
differentiated, differing, disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant,
discrepant, discrete, discriminated, disjoined, disproportionate,
dissimilar, dissonant, distant, distinct, distinguished, divergent,
diverging, divers, diverse, diversified, hardly like,
heterogeneous, ill-matched, ill-sorted, in disagreement,
inaccordant, inadequate, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent,
inconsonant, inharmonious, insufficient, irreconcilable, irregular,
many, mismatched, motley, multifarious, nonuniform, odd, off,
offbeat, out, out of proportion, poles apart, poles asunder,
scarcely like, separate, separated, several, skew, skewed, unalike,
unconformable, unequal, uneven, unidentical, unlike, unmatched,
unresembling, unsame, unsimilar, variant, varied, variegated,
various, varying, widely apart, worlds apart