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Examples of cacophony in a Sentence
- The cacophony of phlegmatic and tubercular lungs was punctuated here and there by a moan or a scream of someone terrified, thrashing in the throes of a nightmare. —Ronald Gearles, Undoing Time, 2001
- Seething gas just beneath the sun's visible surface generates a cacophony of sound waves that ring the sun like a giant bell. —R. Cowen, Science News, 18 Mar. 2000
- Shell casings littered the highway, where a cacophony of car alarms and sobbing rent the winter air. —Jeff Stein, GQ, December 1997
- … no matter how forbearing he might have been, there were times when he simply needed to escape that cacophony of piping voices … —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993
The sounds of barking dogs and sirens added to the cacophony on the streets.
the cacophony of a pet store full of animals
Recent Examples of cacophony from the Web
Oh, and don’t forget the bugling bungle in a cacophony of errors: On a long third down, Tampa was called for an end zone hold that would have been a safety in favor of the Panthers.
The artful cacophony of sounds is positioned slightly off-center to give the song an eerie vibe.
This time around, the joyful cacophony is winnowed to one voice: our heroine, Cedar Hawk Songmaker, a pregnant woman on the run.
The suspension quickly rebounds after large road imperfections, but hit a stretch of patched or broken pavement at speed and you’re treated to a cacophony of noise; harsh bumps send reverberations through the cabin.
But what's lost in the cacophony of anxiety is the other thing every mom wants: to enjoy the beauty of motherhood.
Perhaps now that the true extent of human noisemaking is better known, protecting animals against the cacophony created by humans can become a matter of policy and not just principle.
The sound of power generators created a cacophony of noise that reverberated in my ears.
South Carolina blowing a 10-point second-half lead last weekend at Texas A&M, and looking stagnant on offense in the process, let loose a cacophony of sports-radio discontent aimed squarely at Gamecocks play caller Kurt Roper.
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cacophony Is a Noisey Word
Words that descend from the Greek word phōnē are making noise in English. Why? Because phōnē means "sound" or "voice." Cacophony comes from a joining of the Greek prefix kak-, meaning "bad," with phōnē, so it essentially means "bad sound." Symphony, a word that indicates harmony or agreement in sound, traces to phōnē and the Greek prefix syn-, which means "together." Polyphony refers to a style of musical composition in which two or more independent melodies are juxtaposed in harmony, and it comes from a combination of phōnē and the Greek prefix poly-, meaning "many." And euphony, a word for a pleasing or sweet sound, combines phōnē with eu-, a prefix that means "good."
Synonymsbabel, blare, bluster, bowwow, brawl, bruit [archaic], noise, chatter, clamor, clangor, decibel (s), din, discordance, katzenjammer, racket, rattle, roar
Antonymsquiet, silence, silentness, still, stillness
Related Wordsdiscord, dissonance; commotion, furor, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, rumpus, tumult, uproar; clatter, jangle; bang, blast, boom, clap, crack, crash
Near Antonymscalm, hush, lull; quietude, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility)
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