1: markedly distinct in quality or character
2: containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
This word was found in the article ” Here, Poverty And Privilege Are Neighbors; Income Gaps are a Source Of Resentment and Guilt”, written by the author Janny Scott. In the sentence in which the word was written it says, “In the 1990s the disparity in many neighborhoods became more pronounced, census data show.”
The word was used to explain the Difference in many of the neighborhoods became very noticeable or clear.