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

Marvel’s resident god of chaos is about to sow discord on a very different stage. Jessica Derschowitz, EW.com, "Tom Hiddleston on coming to Broadway with an act of Betrayal," 1 Aug. 2019 Even pre–World Cup iterations of soccer’s VAR, used in top-tier domestic leagues and international competitions, have been synonymous with discord. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The World Cup’s Instant-Replay Problem," 5 July 2019 But even on that call there was discord among Justice lawyers. Tara Bahrampour, The Denver Post, "Trump administration will look for way to add citizenship question to census, DOJ says," 3 July 2019 At a time when rampant discord and polarization splinter communities, University School is working to build stronger bridges to the mother city. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "University School builds bridges to Cleveland with teachers: Phillip Morris," 28 July 2019 Terrorists and hackers spread fear, uncertainty and social discord within the U.S. Benjamin Jensen, The Conversation, "A World War II battle holds key lessons for modern warfare," 25 July 2019 Especially after an offseason filled with discord and defections. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Dan Mullen cards first hole-in-one, but now he needs to beat Miami and ace Year 2 at UF | Commentary," 15 July 2019 Pelosi has always worked overtime to avoid the appearance of disunity in her caucus, and here, the rebel Blue Dogs threatened discord over a contentious election issue. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Pelosi Bows to Conservatives on Border Funding," 27 June 2019 The absence of local news risks uninformed American citizens, and the spread of disinformation by those looking to sow discord. Heidi Legg For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Billionaires are saving journalism. Yes, that's right," 9 July 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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