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difference

dif·fer·ence

difference

 
pronunciation:
dI fr ns [or] dI frns
phrases:
split the difference
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the condition of differing; unlikeness.
Some people are not comfortable with difference; they prefer things that are similar to those things with which they are already familiar.
synonyms:
contrast, discrepancy, disparateness, disparity, dissimilarity, diversity, variance
antonyms:
equivalence, resemblance, similarity
similar words:
deviation, divergence, gap
definition 2: a particular instance of being unlike or not the same as something else.
The professor explained the difference between communism and socialism.
synonyms:
discrepancy, dissimilarity, variance
antonyms:
equivalence, resemblance, similarity
similar words:
deviation, distinction, divergence
definition 3: a disagreement.
We've had our differences from time to time.
synonyms:
conflict, disagreement, variance
similar words:
antagonism, clash, quarrel, tiff
definition 4: a change in a situation or person.
Have you noticed the difference in her since she returned from living abroad?
synonyms:
alteration, change
similar words:
modification
definition 5: the degree or amount by which one thing or quantity differs from another.
synonyms:
discrepancy
similar words:
balance, excess, remainder, residue, variance
phrase: split the difference
Word Parts
The word difference contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.