discord

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

Definition of discord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

There’s been a lot of speculation about how the trove of leaked Democratic National Committee documents spurred discord between the two groups. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The Mueller indictments reveal the timing of the DNC leak was intentional," 13 July 2018 From T-Mobile chief executive John Legere, who announced a decision similar to Verizon's: PWNED: Russian trolls are still trying to sow discord among Americans as the midterms get closer. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: 'A wake up call.' OPM data stolen years ago surfacing now in financial fraud case," 20 June 2018 In a series of focus groups, landlords cited the financial risks of participating in the program and lingering discord with city government, where the City Council has passed several new laws favorable to renters. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, King County look to Atlanta program to entice landlords to rent to homeless, but can it work here?," 26 Dec. 2018 The indictment alleges that starting in 2014, the Russian Internet Research Agency tried to disrupt the U.S. political system and sow discord by stealing U.S. identities and falsely claiming to be U.S. activists. CBS News, "Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's Russian meddling indictment," 17 Feb. 2018 During the 2016 presidential election, for example, Russia used fake Facebook ads, Twitter bots, and other means to sow discord among the public and spread false information. Alex Ward, Vox, "The 2018 midterm election hasn’t been hacked — but Russia is still trying to influence it," 6 Nov. 2018 Thus far, however, there is no indication of discord among Franklin’s family. Travis M. Andrews, The Seattle Times, "Aretha Franklin died without a will, leaving her estate’s future uncertain," 3 Sep. 2018 Russia attempted to undermine the fundamentals of our democracy, impugn the reliability of the 2016 election, and sow the seeds of discord among Americans. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump faces bipartisan criticism over press conference with Putin," 16 July 2018 How did Lincoln respond to the bitter social discord of his day? David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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