Diverse: Diverse is one of a small family of English words, including also divers, divert, and divorce, which come ultimately from Latin dïvertere. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix dis-‘aside’ and vertere ‘turn’ (source of English verse, version, vertebra, etc and related to worth), and hence meant literally ‘turn aside, turn out of the way.’ It developed in various metaphorical directions, however. One was ‘turn one’s husband or wife out of the way’ which, via the variant dïvortere, gave English divorce. The central sense of the verb passed more or less unchanged into English, via French divertir, as divert, but its past participle diversus illustrates a further metaphorical strand, in which ‘turned aside’ has become ‘separate, different.’ English acquired this via Old French in the 13th century in two distinct forms: masculine divers and feminine diverse. The present-day semantic distinction between the former (‘various, several’) and the latter (‘different’) had established itself by around 1700.
~Dictionary of Word Origins