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Definition of discordance

1 : lack of agreement or harmony : the state or an instance of being discordant
2 music : dissonance

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Examples of discordance in a Sentence

there was a real discordance between the tough guys that the actor played in the movies and the wimp that he was in real life the jarring discordance coming from the garage where the band was rehearsing
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Medical interpreters demonstrably improve care and are our best method to address disparities arising from patient-provider discordance. Benjamin Allar, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2021 The ambience of ambient TV is often predicated on homogeneity; any diversity or discordance would disrupt the smooth, lulling surface. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2020 The dramaturgical dissonance is symptomatic of a larger racial discordance. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2019 Those 24 hours of overspilling discordance, however, seemed a significant moment in modern footballing history. SI.com, 27 Mar. 2018 That discordance attracted notice when Ms. Winston Wolkoff was retained by the inaugural committee, which was led by the California real estate investor Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a longtime friend of Mr. Trump’s. Kenneth P. Vogel And Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2018 Adding to the discordance between the words and images is the fact that, as a clever video editor illustrated — King specifically preached against consumerism, and specificallycar commercials, during the very same sermon quoted in the ad. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of discordance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Discordance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discordance. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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