1. unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

    Synonyms : cold-eyed
    Examples :
    • a journalist should be a dispassionate reporter of fact


  1. inequality or difference in some respect

    Type Of : inequality


  1. express a negative opinion of

    Synonyms : belittle, pick at
    Antonyms : flatter
    Type Of : pick apart, knock, criticise, criticize
    Examples :
    • She disparaged her student's efforts


  1. unaffected by self-interest


  1. look down on with disdain

    Synonyms : contemn, despise, scorn
    Type Of : detest, hate
  2. a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient

    Synonyms : condescension, patronage
    Type Of : derogation, disparagement, depreciation
  3. reject with contempt

    Synonyms : freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down
    Type Of : decline, refuse
  4. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    Synonyms : contempt, despite, scorn
    Type Of : dislike


  1. the quality of being discursive

    Type Of : indirectness


  1. treat differently on the basis of sex or race

    Synonyms : separate, single out
    Type Of : secernate, tell, separate, secern, severalise, severalize, tell apart, distinguish, differentiate
  2. recognize or perceive the difference

    Synonyms : know apart
    Type Of : secern, differentiate, distinguish, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
  3. distinguish

    Type Of : distinguish, pick out, make out, discern, tell apart, spot, recognize, recognise
    Examples :
    • I could not discriminate the different tastes in this complicated dish
  4. marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions

    Antonyms : indiscriminate
    Examples :
    • discriminate judgments
    • discriminate people


  1. a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

    Synonyms : disagreement, divergence, variance
    Type Of : difference
  2. an event that departs from expectations

    Synonyms : variance, variant
    Type Of : divergence, deviation, departure, difference


  1. a harsh mixture of sounds

    Synonyms : discordance
    Type Of : dissonance
  2. strife resulting from a lack of agreement

    Synonyms : discordance
    Type Of : strife
  3. lack of agreement or harmony

    Synonyms : strife
    Type Of : disorder
  4. disagreement among those expected to cooperate

    Synonyms : dissension
    Type Of : disagreement
  5. be different from one another

    Synonyms : disaccord, disagree
    Type Of : be


  1. detect with the senses

    Synonyms : distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart