What is a better way to say 'very different'?

Is there one word that is an extreme of 'different'?

Example: Person A and Person B embraced the spirit of evil in very different ways.

Is there a better way to structure this sentence overall?


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    Person A and Person B embraced the spirit of evil in unique ways
    – Premlatha
    Apr 21, 2020 at 0:41
  • There are many synonyms of "different" -- contrasting, disparate, distinct, contrary, dissimilar, etc.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 21, 2020 at 0:41
  • @Premlatha I like unique but it seems a bit too general. Unique here (seemingly) implies that they both had embraced it in a way that nobody else ever had. In this case, they are unique to each other.
    – gkgkgkgk
    Apr 21, 2020 at 0:50
  • As we know, unique means unlike any other. It cannot be increased, graduated or diminished. Seems that to each other is redundant. For one of them to have a unique way is surely enough to make them out to be different.
    – Elliot
    Apr 21, 2020 at 3:43

2 Answers 2


They embraced the spirit of evil in opposite ways.

  • from MW - opposite (adjective) "diametrically different (as in nature or character)"
  • I like this a lot! It works in my specific case really nicely. However, it's interesting, because two things can be very different but not necessarily opposites.
    – gkgkgkgk
    Apr 21, 2020 at 0:49
  • Diametrically different constricts you to the same single axis of comparison. It would be more interesting if their difference were of both direction and intensity, or of both degrees of subtlety and levels of cruelty, of cleverness and brutality. One word would limit you. Your structure offers far more latitude. Build that up and out and keep them away from us.
    – Elliot
    Apr 21, 2020 at 3:56

Dissimilar[not alike; different]or distinctive[characteristic of one person or thing, and so serving to distinguish it from others].


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