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
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
Recent Examples on the Web
Mulligan and Cooper are both incredible in these scenes of bubbling marital discord, gently sniping at each other and retreating, the overwhelming love between them, painfully, still very much visible.—Radhika Seth, Vogue, 4 Sep. 2023 Camden’s failure to win court approval to exit bankruptcy after nearly three years highlights the growing discord among...—Soma Biswas, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2023 Online propaganda campaigns have struggled to replicate the success of early influence efforts, such as Russia’s efforts to sow discord ahead of the 2016 election.—Kevin Collier, NBC News, 29 Aug. 2023 Americans’ rising distrust in key democratic institutions such as elections, the judiciary, law enforcement, and the military means that malign actors do not have to create discord in the United States.—Richard Fontaine, Foreign Affairs, 7 Aug. 2023 But Hollywood labor discord has historically been handled in-house, with little influence or assistance from Los Angeles City Hall.—Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 The discord has put President Biden in a tough spot, forcing him to attempt to balance his commitment to the labor movement with his push to get automakers to manufacture more electric vehicles.—Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 Here was a grass-roots movement that was demanding not egalitarianism, but nativism; not solidarity, but discord.—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 These problems are enormous, and their solutions will require political engagement — with all the complexity and discord that this entails today.—Alejandro Monteverde and Rod Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Aug. 2023
Cash grants are available to support development, alongside access to discord development teams, cloud compute credits, and even early access to Discord platform features.—Tom Warren, The Verge, 9 Mar. 2023 Despite the efforts of the people who trumped up the phony c RT issue last year to so discord among parents.—Laura Johnston, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2022 Buckel’s situation has led to discord within the Republican caucus.—Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 21 Dec. 2021 If frustrated by his or her lack of success, the friendly play could lead to discord with kids.—Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021 The losses haven't led to discord but simply frustration.—Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, 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, 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, 2 May 2018 See More
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Middle English descorde, discord, from Anglo-French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors — see discordentry 2
Middle English, from Anglo-French descorder, from Latin discordare, from discord-, discors discordant, from dis- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart