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

NOTE: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

Contextual Examples:

• 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 notes.

• There arose a tumult of discordant sounds that filled Oliver Twist with amazement.

Related Words:

discordance: Noun

discordantly : Adverb

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