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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



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


Broader (hypernym)number

Narrower (hyponym)balance

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