[ dih-vur-si-tee, dahy- ]SEE DEFINITION OF diversity
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There was, he contended, some diversion and diversity in card-playing.

In such a diversity it was impossible I should be disposed to melancholy.

Diversity is the law of life, as equality, or versimilitude, is that of death.

The ensuing survey does not pretend to cover the field in all its diversity.

The diversity of the sutures was caused by the struggle of the food against the courses of the soul.

Books of multiple authorship often possess too wide a diversity of viewpoints.

Between these extremes there is every diversity of opinion and procedure that can be conceived.

Middle age is the period of most diversity, when individuality is most pronounced.

But is not this the natural result of the diversity of our feminine souls?

He is not disturbed by the diversity of methods exhibited in the Paraphrase.


mid-14c., "quality of being diverse," mostly in a neutral sense, from Old French diversité (12c.) "difference, diversity, unique feature, oddness:" also "wickedness, perversity," from Latin diversitatem (nominative diversitas) "contrariety, contradiction, disagreement;" also, as a secondary sense, "difference, diversity," from diversus "turned different ways" (in Late Latin "various"), past participle of divertere (see divert).

Negative meaning, "being contrary to what is agreeable or right; perversity, evil" existed in English from late 15c. but was obsolete from 17c. Diversity as a virtue in a nation is an idea from the rise of modern democracies in the 1790s, where it kept one faction from arrogating all power (but this was not quite the modern sense, as ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, etc. were not the qualities in mind):

Specific focus (in a positive sense) on race, gender, etc. is from 1992.


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