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dissonant

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adjective dis·so·nant \-nənt\

Simple Definition of dissonant

  • : not in agreement with something

  • music : not in harmony

Full Definition of dissonant

  1. 1 :  marked by dissonance :  discordant

  2. 2 :  incongruous

  3. 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


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