atonal

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adjective aton·al \(ˌ)ā-ˈtō-nəl, (ˌ)a-\

Definition of atonal

  1. :  marked by avoidance of traditional musical tonality; especially :  organized without reference to key or tonal center and using the tones of the chromatic scale impartially

atonalism

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atonalist

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atonality

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atonally

play \(ˌ)ā-ˈtō-nə-lē, (ˌ)a-\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of atonal

2a- + tonal


First Known Use: 1911


ATONAL Defined for English Language Learners

atonal

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adjective aton·al \(ˌ)ā-ˈtō-nəl, (ˌ)a-\

Definition of atonal for English Language Learners

  • music : not written, played, or sung in a particular key


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