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dissonance

noun dis·so·nance \ˈdi-sə-nən(t)s\

Definition of DISSONANCE

1
a :  lack of agreement; especially :  inconsistency between the beliefs one holds or between one's actions and one's beliefs — compare cognitive dissonance
b :  an instance of such inconsistency or disagreement
2
:  a mingling of discordant sounds; especially :  a clashing or unresolved musical interval or chord
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Examples of DISSONANCE

  1. <the dissonance between what we are told and what we see with our own eyes>

First Known Use of DISSONANCE

15th century
DISSONANCE Defined for Kids

dissonance

noun dis·so·nance \ˈdi-sə-nəns\

Definition of DISSONANCE for Kids

:  an unpleasant combination of musical sounds
Medical Dictionary

dissonance

noun dis·so·nance \ˈdis-ə-nən(t)s\

Medical Definition of DISSONANCE

:  inconsistency between the beliefs one holds or between one's actions and one's beliefs—see cognitive dissonance

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