discord

noun
dis·​cord | \ ˈdi-ˌskȯrd How to pronounce discord (audio) \

Definition of discord

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1a : lack of agreement or harmony (as between persons, things, or ideas) … must we fall into the jabber and babel of discord while victory is still unattained?— Sir Winston Churchill
b : active quarreling or conflict resulting from discord among persons or factions : strife marital discord discord between the two parties
2a music
(1) : a combination of musical sounds that strikes the ear harshly
(2) : dissonance The song ends on a discord.
b : a harsh or unpleasant sound

discord

verb
dis·​cord | \ ˈdi-ˌskȯrd How to pronounce discord (audio) , di-ˈskȯrd \
discorded; discording; discords

Definition of discord (Entry 2 of 2)

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Noun

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism. a political party long racked by discord strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved. during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires. the conflict of freedom and responsibility contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy. several points of contention about the new zoning law dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions. religious dissension threatened to split the colony variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest. cultural variances that work against a national identity

Examples of discord in a Sentence

Noun The city has long been known as a scene of racial intolerance and discord. The song ends on a discord. Verb the evangelist's lavish lifestyle discords with his professed religious beliefs
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iran's efforts, which officials say were more aggressive than in past elections and continued even after the contest was over, were focused on sowing discord in the U.S., likely because Tehran believed that would hurt Trump's re-election chances. Eric Tucker, ajc, "US: Putin approved operations to help Trump against Biden," 17 Mar. 2021 Republicans have a president who is sowing discord within their party and Democrats need to mobilize communities that have typically sat out nonpresidential elections. New York Times, "The Suburbs Helped Elect Biden. Can They Give Democrats the Senate, Too?," 7 Dec. 2020 Iran’s efforts, which officials say were more aggressive than in past elections and continued even after the contest was over, were focused on sowing discord in the U.S., likely because Tehran believed that would hurt Trump’s re-election chances. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Putin approved Russian influence campaign to help Trump against Biden, US intelligence says," 17 Mar. 2021 But there are also people in there who literally are getting paid to sow discord amongst Black people. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Shaka King Grapples with Hollywood and History," 25 Feb. 2021 But those who would like to see the monarchy scrapped have been quick to point out that ongoing discord surrounding the interview does little to burnish an image of Britain’s mystique. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Mind the (generation) gap: Young Britons ponder point of having a monarchy," 19 Mar. 2021 It had been written for years that Michael Nesmith punched his fist through the wall and there was this discord with the Monkees. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "How Andrew Sandoval Went From Monkees Superfan to Their Manager and Official Historian," 16 Mar. 2021 With vague national guidelines about reopening classrooms, decisions have largely fallen on states and local school districts -- leading to a hodgepodge of strategies and widespread discord about what's best. Holly Yan, CNN, "The debate over reopening schools is fierce and divisive. Here's where people on different sides of the issue are coming from," 12 Mar. 2021 Earlier this year, Pelosi accused Republicans of attempting to distract the media from internal discord within their own party. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "GOP members of Congress demand answers from FBI on Swalwell's ties to Chinese spy," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The losses haven't led to discord but simply frustration. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' fog of uncertainty thickens as NHL trade deadline arrives, losses mount," 24 Feb. 2020 Brad Stevens is a superb coach, and there was a crucial addition in Kemba Wallker, a deadly shooter who fosters harmony, not discord, among his teammates. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "NBA power rankings: It’s an L.A. story," 7 Dec. 2019 Trump said Iran cannot be trusted to stick to the accord, and that the agreement fails to address Iran's missile program or its contribution to discord in the Middle East. Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY, "Iran nuclear deal: What's next for the controversial accord?," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of discord

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for discord

Noun

Middle English descorde, discord, from Anglo-French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors — see discord entry 2

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French descorder, from Latin discordare, from discord-, discors discordant, from dis- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart

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The first known use of discord was in the 13th century

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21 Apr 2021

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“Discord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discord. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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discord

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discord

formal
: lack of agreement between people, ideas, etc.
: an unpleasant combination of musical notes

discord

noun
dis·​cord | \ ˈdis-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce discord (audio) \

Kids Definition of discord

: lack of agreement or harmony : conflict Money problems caused family discord.

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