different
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin different-, differens, present participle of differre Date: 14th century 1. partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality ; dissimilar <
could hardly be more different
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— often followed by from, than, or chiefly British to <
small, neat hand, very different from the captain's tottery characters — R. L. Stevenson
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vastly different in size than it was twenty-five years ago — N. M. Pusey
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a very different situation to the…one under which we live — Sir Winston Churchill
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2. not the same: as a. distinct <
different age groups
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b. various <
different members of the class
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c. another <
switched to a different TV program
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3. unusual, special <
she was different and superior
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differentness noun Synonyms: different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness <
different foods
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. diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast <
such diverse interests as dancing and football
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. divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation <
went on to pursue divergent careers
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. disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility <
disparate notions of freedom
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. various stresses the number of sorts or kinds <
tried various methods
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. Usage: Numerous commentators have condemned different than in spite of its use since the 17th century by many of the best-known names in English literature. It is nevertheless standard and is even recommended in many handbooks when followed by a clause, because insisting on from in such instances often produces clumsy or wordy formulations. Different from, the generally safe choice, is more common especially when it is followed by a noun or pronoun. II. adverb Date: 1744 differently

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