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disparity
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Definition without parity; i.e., inequality or difference in some respect
  • I might have seen there was too great a disparity between the ages of the parties to make it likely that they were man and wife.
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Denisov had two hundred, and Dolokhov might have as many more, but the disparity of numbers did not deter Denisov.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • There was a disparity in their ages—some twelve years.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Indeed, the data suggest a significant disparity between the expected value of litigated antitrust suits to private plaintiffs and the corresponding financial exposure of defendants.
    William F. Shughart II  --  Private Antitrust Enforcement: Compensation, Deterrence, or Extortion?  --  http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv13n3/reg13n3-shughart.html (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • As great a disparity prevails between the States of Georgia and Delaware or Rhode Island.
    Madison, James  --  Federalist Papers Authored by James Madison
  • I confess that I do think there is a disparity, too great a disparity, and in a point no less essential than mind.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion
  • He has devoted his professional life to addressing the educational disparities in this country.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Raising his cry of battle, which recalled some six or seven warriors, and reckless of the disparity of their numbers, he rushed upon his enemy.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In addition to economic and social disparity between blacks and whites, Fryer had become intrigued by the virtual segregation of culture.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The only physical disparity between Nicole at present and the Nicole of five years before was simply that she was no longer a young girl.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Their life seems an immense disparity between effort and opportunity.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Denisov had two hundred, and Dolokhov might have as many more, but the disparity of numbers did not deter Denisov.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • How could there be such disparity in the world?
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • I repeatedly brought up the disparity of our ages, but she would have none of it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The disparity between these two realities was enough to suddenly and forcefully send Thomas into a tailspin.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • As great a disparity prevails between the States of Georgia and Delaware or Rhode Island.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The disparity of the losses as reported by Howe was greatly exaggerated, however.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • When Preacher's corn crop ripened in June, the disparity would be even greater.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • O the sense of distance and disparity that came upon me, and the inaccessibility that came about her!
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Excepting inequality of fortune, and perhaps a little disparity of age, I can see nothing unsuitable.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma

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