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English noun: difference

1. difference (attribute) the quality of being unlike or dissimilar


SamplesThere are many differences between jazz and rock.


Broader (hypernym)quality


Narrower (hyponym)change, differentia, differential, disagreement, discrepancy, dissimilarity, distinction, distinctness, divergence, inequality, otherness, separateness, unsimilarity, variance, variety


Attributedifferent


Antonymssameness

2. difference (event) a variation that deviates from the standard or norm


SamplesThe deviation from the mean.


Synonymsdeparture, deviation, divergence


Broader (hypernym)fluctuation, variation


Narrower (hyponym)discrepancy, driftage, flection, flexion, inflection, variance, variant

3. difference (communication) a disagreement or argument about something important


SamplesHe had a dispute with his wife.
There were irreconcilable differences.
The familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats.


Synonymsconflict, difference of opinion, dispute


Broader (hypernym)disagreement


Narrower (hyponym)arguing, argument, collision, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, dustup, gap, quarrel, row, run-in, tilt, words, wrangle

4. difference a significant change


SamplesThe difference in her is amazing.
His support made a real difference.


Broader (hypernym)change

5. difference (quantity) the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend


Synonymsremainder


Broader (hypernym)number


Narrower (hyponym)balance









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