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 Tammy’s back-stabbing comments throw the remaining hour of The Bachelor into abject discord. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Has Devolved Into The Real Housewives," 5 Feb. 2020 And in reality, with Iowa caucusers readying their votes, there’s plenty of tension and democratic discord. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "The Actors Parodying Democratic Candidates in “Adore Us! Line”," 2 Feb. 2020 Realistically, a commandeering matriarch like Roseanne would have been the glue that held this family together, but the producers couldn't afford to delve into kitchen-sink discord right away. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Against the Odds, 'The Conners' Became Comfort TV," 16 Dec. 2019 Every episode hits unexpected gears of satiric richness and imaginative myth-of-the-modern-world fantasy, microscoping racial and economic discord in stories that communicate major problems in ever-less-obvious ways. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 After months of drama and discord, City Council appears to have put the brakes on Broadway bike lanes. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Broadway bike lanes debate is winding down," 18 Nov. 2019 Still, the guest seems to take sly pleasure in their marital discord. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Black Bear': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 For a city that has historically fallen prey to easy divisions—beset by gang strife, corrupt politics, and racial discord—those years linked us as one. Jason Parham, Wired, "Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA," 27 Jan. 2020 But with Arizona seen as a battleground in the November elections, both sides are more sensitive to avoiding intra-party discord that could cost them votes in the race for the White House, the U.S. Senate and the state Legislature. Katie Surma, azcentral, "State parties seek unity ahead of elections as dissenters vent at Ducey, Sinema," 25 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discord. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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discord

noun
How to pronounce discord (audio)

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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