Disparate vs. Incongruous

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  • Disparate (adjective)

    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."

  • Disparate (adjective)

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

  • Disparate (noun)

    Any of a group of unequal or dissimilar things.

  • Incongruous (adjective)

    Not similar or congruent; not matching or fitting in.

  • Incongruous (adjective)

    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."

Oxford Dictionary
  • Disparate (adjective)

    Unequal; dissimilar; separate.

  • Disparate (adjective)

    Pertaining to two coördinate species or divisions.

  • Incongruous (adjective)

    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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Disparate (adjective)

    fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind;

    "such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing"

    "disparate ideas"

  • Disparate (adjective)

    including markedly dissimilar elements;

    "a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers"

  • Incongruous (adjective)

    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness;

    "a plan incongruous with reason"

    "incongruous behavior"

    "a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation"

Princeton's WordNet

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