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

Examples of discordance in a Sentence

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 The lengthy obituaries detailed my career accomplishments and deep ties to family and friends with the uncanny discordance of an AI bot. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 What a listener hears are syllabic cries and whispers, as well as groans and shrieks, enhanced with further discordance from a varying set of instruments. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 Likewise, the relatively short program conducted by Fabien Gabel was a sheer sonic delight, an elegant evening untroubled by complexity, discordance, or anything beyond hints of dark emotions. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2023 For example, in a case report published in 1999 in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers identified a four-week discordance between two fetuses. Kathleen Felton, Health, 3 July 2023 There is such a thing as twin-twin discordance, Dr. Greves pointed out, which means the fetuses are growing at different rates inside the uterus. Kathleen Felton, Health, 3 July 2023 Mars entering Virgo stirs up some discordance, and Mercury triggers disputes near the 10th, but all ends on a highly satisfactory note by the 14th. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 1 July 2023 There's all these different forms that conflict and have discordance in them. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 8 June 2023 But obviously sometimes what surprises and exhibits discordance can also inform. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2010

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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 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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