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discordant

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adjective dis·cor·dant \-dənt\

Simple Definition of discordant

  • : harsh or unpleasant in sound

  • : not agreeing : not in harmony

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discordant

  1. 1 a :  being at variance :  disagreeing <discordant opinions> b :  quarrelsome <a discordant family>

  2. 2 :  relating to a discord <a discordant tone>

discordantly

adverb

Examples of discordant in a sentence

  1. She has the difficult task of bringing together a number of discordant elements.

  2. <discordant tones coming from the poorly tuned instrument>



Did You Know?

Discord, a word more common in earlier centuries than today, means basically "conflict", so discordant often means "conflicting". The opinions of Supreme Court justices are frequently discordant; justices who disagree with the Court's decision usually write a dissenting opinion. Discordant is often used with a somewhat musical meaning, suggesting that a single wrong note or harmony has been heard in the middle of a performance—even though musical words such as chord actually come from a different Latin word, meaning "cord" or "string" (a reference to the strings of ancient instruments such as the lyre).

14th Century

First Known Use of discordant

14th century


DISCORDANT Defined for Kids

discordant

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adjective dis·cor·dant \dis-ˈkȯr-dənt\

Definition of discordant for Students

  1. :  being in disagreement <discordant opinions>




Medical Dictionary

discordant

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adjective dis·cor·dant \dis-ˈkȯrd-ənt\

Medical Definition of discordant

  1. of twins :  dissimilar with respect to one or more particular characters—compare concordant

discordance

\-ən(t)s\play noun




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