dis·​cor·​dance di-ˈskȯr-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce discordance (audio)
: lack of agreement or harmony : the state or an instance of being discordant
music : dissonance

Example Sentences

there was a real discordance between the tough guys that the actor played in the movies and the softy that he was in real life the jarring discordance coming from the garage where the band was rehearsing
Recent Examples on the Web As a professional editor, Susan is alert to discordance and senses something is not quite right. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2022 Faces are rendered masklike, figures totemic, with rich palettes of teal, peach, ocher and toffee lending an ominous discordance to the subjects, who often seem burdened with melancholy—or glowering with menace. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 Here, the particular problem for Mr. Biden is the discordance between his insistent optimism about the economy and a realistic explanation of how inflation comes down. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021 This organic feedback loop leads to more consistent (and therefore more persuasive) messaging and helps avoid inadvertent discordance, particularly as new voices are added to the interview lineup. Dean Fealk, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Opening with discordance, Bergman Island is a portrait of romantic doubt that swells to existential proportions. Annie Geng, The New Republic, 25 Oct. 2021 Now however there is nothing short of massive discordance. Tilak Doshi, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Three recent observations show hints of discordance between the model and reality. Kyle Dawson, Scientific American, 1 May 2021 Language discordance—the situation when providers and patients speak different languages—is all too common throughout the United States. Benjamin Allar, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of discordance was in the 14th century

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“Discordance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discordance. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: the state or an instance of being discordant
: discordant sounds or noise
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