noun \ka-ˈkä-fə-nē, -ˈk- also -ˈka-\

: unpleasant loud sounds

plural ca·coph·o·nies

Full Definition of CACOPHONY

:  harsh or discordant sound :  dissonance 2; specifically :  harshness in the sound of words or phrases

Examples of CACOPHONY

  1. The sounds of barking dogs and sirens added to the cacophony on the streets.
  2. <the cacophony of a pet store full of animals>
  3. The cacophony of phlegmatic and tubercular lungs was punctuated here and there by a moan or a scream of someone terrified, thrashing in the throes of a nightmare. —Ronald Gearles, Undoing Time, 2001


(see cacophonous)
First Known Use: circa 1656

Other Music Terms

chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with CACOPHONY


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