Definition of atonal
: 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
atonalismplay \-nə-ˌli-zəm\ noun
atonalistplay \-list\ noun
atonalityplay \ˌā-tō-ˈna-lə-tē, ˌa-\ noun
atonallyplay \(ˌ)ā-ˈtō-nə-lē, (ˌ)a-\ adverb
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Not unexpectedly, the horror films had a lot of harsh and atonal screams.
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Origin and Etymology of atonal
2a- + tonal
First Known Use: 1911See Words from the same year
ATONAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of atonal for English Language Learners
music : not written, played, or sung in a particular key
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