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difference

dif·fer·ence

difference

 
 
pronunciation:
dI fr ns [or] dI frns
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the condition of being different from or not like.
She could not tell the difference between right and wrong.
synonyms:
diversity
antonyms:
resemblance, similarity
definition 2: a particular instance of differing.
The teacher told us to list the differences between frogs and toads.
antonyms:
similarity
similar words:
distinction
definition 3: a disagreement or argument.
We have had our differences from time to time, but we are still good friends.
synonyms:
conflict, disagreement
similar words:
antagonism, clash, quarrel
definition 4: the amount by which one thing or number differs from another.
Two is the difference between five and seven.
similar words:
balance, remainder
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.