Word of the Day: Difference

dif-fer-ence / ˈdi-f(ə-)rən(t)s




  1. the quality of being unlike

Difference is the essence of humanity.

John Hume, 1937-


  1. a point of unlikeness

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde, 1934-1992


  1. an effect on a situation, thing, etc.

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall, 1934-


  1. a specific quality or characteristic that sets one thing apart from another

The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things.

Veronique Vienne, ?-


  1. disparate ideas

Most of all, differences of opinion are opportunities for learning.

Terry Tempest Williams, 1955-


  1. in mathematics, the number left over after subtracting one amount from another

One of the most common calculations you’ll make as an analyst (or as a manager for that matter) is determining the percentage difference between two numbers.