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

His father, Franz Neumann, was a prominent member of the Frankfurt School, which examined global discord through Marxist and Freudian analysis. Rick Paulas, SFChronicle.com, "Defender of the homeless remains committed, and angry," 12 June 2019 Displays of warmth and mutual support helped offset children’s fears about parental discord. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019 Even the folktales of the Agta, which emphasize harmony, only do so through a sharp contrast with discord. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 To minimize discord and unnecessary court time, family-law judges increasingly order warring parents to use co-parenting apps. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "When Parents Divorce, Apps Can Reduce the Child-Custody Acrimony," 30 Apr. 2019 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

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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