noun dis·cord \ˈdis-ˌkrd\

: lack of agreement between people, ideas, etc.

: an unpleasant combination of musical notes

Full Definition of DISCORD

a :  lack of agreement or harmony (as between persons, things, or ideas)
b :  active quarreling or conflict resulting from discord among persons or factions :  strife
a (1) :  a combination of musical sounds that strikes the ear harshly (2) :  dissonance
b :  a harsh or unpleasant sound

Examples of DISCORD

  1. The city has long been known as a scene of racial intolerance and discord.
  2. The song ends on a discord.

Origin of DISCORD

Middle English descorde, discord, from Anglo-French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of DISCORD

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism <a political party long racked by discord>. strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved <during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife>. conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires <the conflict of freedom and responsibility>. contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy <several points of contention about the new zoning law>. dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions <religious dissension threatened to split the colony>. variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest <cultural variances that work against a national identity>.


verb dis·cord \ˈdis-ˌkrd, dis-ˈ\

Definition of DISCORD

intransitive verb

Examples of DISCORD

  1. <the evangelist's lavish lifestyle discords with his professed religious beliefs>

Origin of DISCORD

Middle English, from Anglo-French descorder, from Latin discordare, from discord-, discors discordant, from dis- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart
First Known Use: 14th century


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