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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
The cacophony of Shahid’s cries and the cicada drone almost felled me.
There's a cacophony of voices, each saying something different.
But using these tools to educate people from all backgrounds, especially young people, about the Holocaust can bring positivity to the online cacophony.
This song is a cacophony of melodic harmonies synced together through the instruments.
This growing cacophony of mostly female voices no doubt has the remaining Weinsteins of the world holding their breath.
While most of the country settled in for a Columbus Day holiday break, Trump orchestrated a cacophony of threats, offered dark warnings of military action and waged bitter political feuds on multiple fronts.
As one neighbor blares the Venezuelan national anthem through loudspeakers, the pair bang their kitchenware together, creating a cacophony of sound inside the home.
The vertiginous beats, the cacophony of thunderclaps, and her movements—both fluid and staccato—put me on the floor.
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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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