A Word A Day : Discordant
Monday, 31st December 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( adjective )
Pronunciation : diss-káwrd-nt
1. consisting of sounds, usually musical notes, that are harsh, unpleasant, or clashing
2. not being in accord
3. devoid of harmony and accord
4. made up of parts or qualities that are disparate or otherwise markedly lacking in consistency
:Discord is a lack of harmony often marked by bickering and antipathy
13th century - Via French - Latin discordia - discord-, stem of discors - cors - heart
antagonistic, antipathetic, at odds, cacophonous, clashing, contradictory, contrariant, contrary, different, disagreeing, discrepant, dissonant, divergent, grating, harsh, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant, inharmonious, jangling, jarring, opposite, quarreling, sour note, strident, uncongenial, unharmonious, unmelodious, unmixable
agreeable, agreeing, compatible, cooperating, harmonious, euphonious, harmonic, melodious, congruous, corresponding, peaceful
• There is no longer the measured quiet sound of throbbing activity, like the sound of boiling water, but diverse discordant
sounds of disorder.
• The out of tune piano produced only discordant
• There arose a tumult of discordant
sounds that filled Oliver Twist with amazement.
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