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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 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, "“Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV," 16 Nov. 2020 The dramaturgical dissonance is symptomatic of a larger racial discordance. Los Angeles Times, "A new vibrant era in African American playwriting seen in Geraldine Inoa and Dionna M. Daniel’s latest," 28 July 2019 Those 24 hours of overspilling discordance, however, seemed a significant moment in modern footballing history. SI.com, "FanView: Why England Fan Trouble Is Not on the Rise Again Despite Latest Incidents," 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, "Melania Trump Parts Ways With Adviser Amid Backlash Over Inaugural Contract," 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, "The Dodge Ram Embodies MLK’s Legacy, Says MLK’s Estate," 5 Feb. 2018 At the Barrow Street Theatre, a three-piece orchestra pares Sondheim’s complexities but not the eerie discordance of his score. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "In New York, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles Reviews the Holiday Performances," 26 Dec. 2017 There is such a thing as twin-twin discordance, Dr. Greves points out, which means the fetuses are growing at different rates inside the uterus. Health.com, "Yes, You Can Get Pregnant While Already Pregnant. We Asked a Doctor to Explain," 2 Nov. 2017 Perhaps the clash between interactivity and narrative which Ebert had identified could be resolved by going meta—by making the discordance somehow essential to the story. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "More From the New Yorker," 2 Apr. 2007

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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 28 Nov. 2020.

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