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dissonant

adjective dis·so·nant \-nənt\

: not in agreement with something

music : not in harmony

Full Definition of DISSONANT

1
:  marked by dissonance :  discordant
3
:  harmonically unresolved
dis·so·nant·ly adverb

Examples of DISSONANT

  1. <a dissonant chorus of noises arose from the busy construction site>

Origin of DISSONANT

Middle English dissonaunte, from Latin dissonant-, dissonans, present participle of dissonare to be discordant, from dis- + sonare to sound — more at sound
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Music Terms

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

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