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GRE Word of the Day: 2.1.2012

Heterogeneous - {adjective}

1. Different in kind; unlike; incongruous.

2. Composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents: The party was attended by a heterogeneous group of artists, politicians, and social climbers.


amalgamate, composite, confused, conglomerate, contrary, contrasted, different, discordant, discrepant, disparate, dissimilar, divergent, diverse, diversified, incongruous, independent, inharmonious, jumbled, mingled, mixed, mongrel, mosaic, motley, multifarious, multiplex, odd, opposed, unallied, unlike, unrelated, variant, varied, variegated


homogeneous, identical, pure, single, unchanging, uniform

Example Sentences:

1. The mosaic was composed of a heterogeneous mixture of glazed ceramic - many different sizes, shapes, and colors were present.

2. The heterogeneous composition of the judiciary committee resulted in a long and drawn out confirmation - no one could make a comment without starting a protracted argument.