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consonance

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noun con·so·nance \ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)nən(t)s\

Definition of consonance

  1. 1 :  harmony or agreement among components

  2. 2 a :  correspondence or recurrence of sounds especially in words; specifically :  recurrence or repetition of consonants especially at the end of stressed syllables without the similar correspondence of vowels (as in the final sounds of “stroke” and “luck”) b :  concord 1b c :  sympathetic vibration, resonance



Examples of consonance in a sentence

  1. <at present, the living room lacks consonance because all of the furniture is on one side>

  2. <in good writing there is always consonance of thought and expression, as the use of simple words for simple thoughts>



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15th century

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