discordant

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adjective dis·cor·dant \-dənt\

Definition of discordant

  1. 1a :  being at variance :  disagreeing discordant opinionsb :  quarrelsome a discordant family

  2. 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

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

see 2discord


First Known Use: 14th century


DISCORDANT Defined for English Language Learners

discordant

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adjective dis·cor·dant \-dənt\

Definition of discordant for English Language Learners

  • : harsh or unpleasant in sound

  • : not agreeing : not in harmony


DISCORDANT Defined for Kids

discordant

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

Definition of discordant for Students

  1. :  being in disagreement discordant opinions


Medical Dictionary

discordant

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

Medical Definition of discordant

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

discordance

\-ən(t)s\play noun


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