A Word A Day : Discrepancy

Thursday, 6th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : di skréppensee

1. A distinct difference between two things such as sets of figures that should match or correspond

2. Divergence or disagreement, as between facts or claims

3. An instance of divergence or disagreement

4. Deviation between what is expected and what actually occurs


Early 17th century - Latin discrepantia discrepare differ -crepare to rattle


Difference, Discrepance, Disparity, Dissimilarity, Dissimilitude, Distinction, Divarication, Divergence, Divergency, Unlikeness, Inconsistency, Incongruity, Disagreement


Agreement, Concordance, Concurrence, Consistency, Harmony, Parity, Correspondence

Contextual Examples:

• There was a discrepancy between the answer and the record in the recruiting books.

• Whoever is on the stage, it is always Shakespeare who is speaking to me, and perhaps this is the reason why in the past I can trace no discrepancy between reading his plays and seeing them.

Related Words:

1.Discrepant : Adjective

2.Discrepance : Noun

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