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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
For all its outward complexity, the piece isn’t some conceptual experiment that produces cacophony.
Their voices are barely being heard in the larger cacophony of the immigration debate.
Another told me his wife’s way of controlling the cacophony is to tune it out completely, to the point where major news events pass her by.
That the ripping of my hymen would open a cacophony, a chorus of womanhood unrivaled.
The acoustics of the room amplify the breathy cacophony blowing from the four saxes on stage.
How to protect yourself from the noise There is some consolation for restaurant-goers who cringe at the cacophony.
But tucked away on a far edge the venue, removed from the cacophony of the rest of the festival, a group of 200 people is gathering for a quiet dinner party amid a lush rose garden in full bloom.
The latest to retire is Representative Ryan Costello, who announced his decision over the weekend, citing the difficulty of being heard over the cacophony from the White House.
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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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