consonance

noun
con·​so·​nance | \ ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)nən(t)s How to pronounce consonance (audio) \

Definition of consonance

1 : harmony or agreement among components His beliefs are in consonance with the political party's views.
2a : correspondence or recurrence of sounds especially in words specifically : recurrence or repetition of consonants especially at the end of stressed syllables without the similar correspondence of vowels (as in the final sounds of "stroke" and "luck")

Examples of consonance in a Sentence

at present, the living room lacks consonance because all of the furniture is on one side in good writing there is always consonance of thought and expression, as the use of simple words for simple thoughts
Recent Examples on the Web Through his copious projects, Mr. Schulze’s music maintained a sense of timing: when to meditate, when to build, when to ease back, when to leap ahead, how to balance suspense and repose, dissonance and consonance. Jon Pareles, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 Through his copious projects, Mr. Schulze’s music maintained a sense of timing: when to meditate, when to build, when to ease back, when to leap ahead, how to balance suspense and repose, dissonance and consonance. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The ending of the first movement makes clear Britten’s awareness of this aesthetic dichotomy, with a cello glissando ascent through the harmonic series, an acoustic phenomenon literally at the core of western ideas of musical consonance and harmony. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 As always, Maxo’s syrup-thick voice and consonance-heavy flow detail the wheeling and dealing of a life on the street, with an introspective approach most save for therapy. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 This is in consonance with prime minister Narendra Modi’s comment at the virtual Summit for Democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden on Dec. 11. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 19 Dec. 2021 This is in consonance with prime minister Narendra Modi’s comment at the virtual Summit for Democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden on Dec. 11. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 19 Dec. 2021 This is in consonance with prime minister Narendra Modi’s comment at the virtual Summit for Democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden on Dec. 11. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 19 Dec. 2021 This is in consonance with prime minister Narendra Modi’s comment at the virtual Summit for Democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden on Dec. 11. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 19 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of consonance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consonance

Middle English consonance, consonaunce "fixed relationship, agreement," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French consonance "musical note, sound," borrowed from Latin consonantia "musical concord, harmony of sounds," noun derivative of consonant-, consonans "sounding in accord, agreeing, fitting" — more at consonant entry 1

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14 May 2022

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“Consonance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consonance. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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