discordant

adjective dis·cor·dant \ -dᵊnt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of discordant

1 a : being at variance : disagreeing
  • discordant opinions
b : quarrelsome
  • a discordant family
2 music : relating to a discord (see 1discord 2)
  • a discordant tone

discordantly

adverb

Examples of discordant in a Sentence

  1. She has the difficult task of bringing together a number of discordant elements.

  2. discordant tones coming from the poorly tuned instrument

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Did You Know?

Discord, a word more common in earlier centuries than today, means basically "conflict", so discordant often means "conflicting". The opinions of Supreme Court justices are frequently discordant; justices who disagree with the Court's decision usually write a dissenting opinion. Discordant is often used with a somewhat musical meaning, suggesting that a single wrong note or harmony has been heard in the middle of a performance—even though musical words such as chord actually come from a different Latin word, meaning "cord" or "string" (a reference to the strings of ancient instruments such as the lyre).

Origin and Etymology of discordant


DISCORDANT Defined for English Language Learners

discordant

adjective

Definition of discordant for English Language Learners

  • : harsh or unpleasant in sound

  • : not agreeing : not in harmony


DISCORDANT Defined for Kids

discordant

adjective dis·cor·dant \ dis-ˈkȯr-dᵊnt \

Definition of discordant for Students

: being in disagreement
  • discordant opinions

Medical Dictionary

discordant

adjective dis·cor·dant \ dis-ˈkȯrd-ᵊnt \

medical Definition of discordant

of twins
: dissimilar with respect to one or more particular characters — compare concordant

discordance

play \-ᵊn(t)s\ noun


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