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Examples of canorous in a Sentence
a canorous chorus of birdsong filled the morning air
Did You Know?
In Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821), the essayist Thomas de Quincey describes a manservant who, after accidentally letting a loaded trunk fall down a flight of stairs, "sang out a long, loud, and canorous peal of laughter." "Canorous" typically describes things, such as church choirs or birds in the spring, that are a pleasure to listen to. It derives from the Latin verb canere ("to sing"), a root it shares with a number of words that evoke what is sweet to the ear, such as "chant," "canticle," "cantor" (a leader of a choir), "carmen" (a song, poem, or incantation) and even "accent."
Synonymsharmonious, euphonic, euphonious, harmonizing, melodious, musical, symphonic, symphonious, tuneful
Antonymsdiscordant, disharmonious, dissonant, inharmonious, tuneless, unmelodious, unmusical
Related Wordsblending, chiming, flowing, mellifluent, mellifluous; dulcet, mellow, melodic, sweet; echoing, resonant, sonorous; quavering, trilling, warbling; agreeable, appealing, pleasant; cadenced, lilting, lyric, lyrical, rhythmic (or rhythmical), songful, songlike; chordal, harmonic, homophonic, orchestral, polyphonic (or polyphonous), tonal
Near Antonymsblaring, clanging, clashing, clattering, grating, harsh, jangling, jarring, metallic, raspy, raucous, scratching, screeching, shrill, squeaky, strident; disagreeable, unpleasant, unpleasing; atonal, off-key
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