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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: discrepare 'to make unpleasant sounds that do not go together'

discrepancy

noun
     
di‧screp‧an‧cy plural discrepancies [uncountable and countable]
a difference between two amounts, details, reports etc that should be the same
discrepancy in
Police found discrepancies in the two men's reports.
discrepancy between
There is a large discrepancy between the ideal image of motherhood and the reality.

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