A Word A Day : Cacophonous

Sunday, 11th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : fawrt & fáwr-tày


1. Characterized by unpleasant discordance of sound

2. of an unpleasant combination of loud, often jarring, sounds

NOTE : Cacophonous Records is an independent British record label, specializing in metal, black metal, death metal and gothic metal. Started in 1993, the label grew to fame with early releases by Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and Bal-Sagoth. Some controversy arose when Cacophonous dropped the unblack metal band Antestor for holding Christian beliefs.


Mid-17th century - Via French - Greek kakophōnia - kakophōnos - bad-sounding


discordant, disharmonious, dissonant, inharmonic, inharmonious, rude, unharmonious, unmusical


quiet, euphonious, mellifluous

Contextual Examples:

• There was a cacophonous roar from inside the deep jungle.

• Content that makes it here has been sufficiently compelling to stand apart from the blogosphere's cacophonous chatter.

• The music of this black-led, racially-mixed ensemble leaps out of the speakers with a cacophonous celebration of human possibility and hymns to the spiritual power of love.

Related Words:

cacophonously : Adverb

cacophony : Noun

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