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")

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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 There’s a narrative consonance between the two sides of the record—a hungering for oblivion. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Harry Smith’s Musical Catalogue of Human Experience," 28 Sep. 2020 Finding consonance in politics only goes so deep, but Sweeney’s debut film Straight Up (from Strand Releasing) goes deeper. Armond White, National Review, "Straight Up Answers the Rom-Com Need," 28 Feb. 2020 Voices of Concinnity is sponsored by Consonare Choral Community, a non-profit organization in Mansfield to help cultivate consonance and build community through choral music in Connecticut through affordable and accessible programs., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 15 Nov. 2019 It was proposed as an alternative (even if there were more consonances than were openly discussed at the time), and was bolstered by being the opposition to something too grand. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Indie Rap Veterans Return to a Genre Still in Need of Opposition," 4 Apr. 2018 That has helped create consonance among all the various regulators and policymakers involved in state climate policy. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s huge energy decision: link its grid to its neighbors, or stay autonomous?," 23 Aug. 2018 Minimalism would herald an unexpected inventive return to consonance, traditional harmony and pulse, all of which had little appeal to modern music. Mark Swed,, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it. Charlotte Shane, New Republic, "How Rebecca Solnit Became Essential Feminist Reading," 26 May 2017 These crosscurrents of connection add up to a consonance that might almost be mythic. Hermione Hoby, New York Times, "Debut Stories Blend Beastly Transformations With Teenage Turmoil," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of consonance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consonance

see consonant entry 1

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“Consonance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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