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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
Does The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com's food and restaurant coverage adequately capture the divine cacophony of this moment in our eating history?
Instead of a cacophony of boarding calls, there’s absolutely nothing—no music, no incessant announcements, no bells or beeps.
Then Ms. Caso, who had been provocatively posed as Nausicaä by the other women, became Nin again, and the chamber orchestra, led by Neal Goren, came to life in a raucous, circus-band cacophony of honking low reeds and percussion.
The handheld transistor radio, its tinny tones filling sidewalks and playgrounds, has been replaced by the private soundscape of smartphones and earbuds — community cacophony displaced by solitary satisfaction.
Beneath a relentless, rambunctious cacophony, France defeated Germany, 2-0, in a semifinal of the European Championships.
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Though many of your appliances will be rigged up to WiFi and voice control, you won’t necessarily be subjected to a cacophony of devices vying for your attention.
He was hooked by the cacophony and energy in the song, which was carefully rehearsed and then recorded in a single take.
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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."
CACOPHONY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cacophony for English Language Learners
: unpleasant loud sounds
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