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Disparate vs. Incongruous

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Disparateadjective

Composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous.

‘The board of the company was decidedly disparate, with no two members from the same social or economic background.’;

Incongruousadjective

Not similar or congruent; not matching or fitting in.

Disparateadjective

Essentially different; of different species, unlike but not opposed in pairs; also, less properly, utterly unlike; incapable of being compared; having no common genus.

Incongruousadjective

(math) Of two numbers, with respect to a third, such that their difference can not be divided by it without a remainder.

‘20 and 25 are incongruous with respect to 4.’;

Disparatenoun

Any of a group of unequal or dissimilar things.

Incongruousadjective

Not congruous; reciprocally disagreeing; not capable of harmonizing or readily assimilating; inharmonious; inappropriate; unsuitable; not fitting; inconsistent; improper; as, an incongruous remark; incongruous behavior, action, dress, etc.

‘Incongruous denotes that kind of absence of harmony or suitableness of which the taste and experience of men takes cognizance.’;

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Disparateadjective

Unequal; dissimilar; separate.

‘Connecting disparate thoughts, purely by means of resemblances in the words expressing them.’;

Incongruousadjective

lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness;

‘a plan incongruous with reason’; ‘incongruous behavior’; ‘a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation’;

Disparateadjective

Pertaining to two coördinate species or divisions.

Disparateadjective

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind;

‘such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing’; ‘disparate ideas’;

Disparateadjective

including markedly dissimilar elements;

‘a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers’;

Disparateadjective

essentially different in kind; not able to be compared

‘they inhabit disparate worlds of thought’;

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Disparateadjective

containing elements very different from one another

‘a culturally disparate country’;

Disparatenoun

things so unlike that there is no basis for comparison.

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