discord

noun
dis·cord | \ ˈdis-ˌkȯrd \

Definition of discord 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lack of agreement or harmony (as between persons, things, or ideas) … must we fall into the jabber and babel of discord while victory is still unattained? —Sir Winston Churchill

b : active quarreling or conflict resulting from discord among persons or factions : strife marital discord discord between the two parties

2a music

(1) : a combination of musical sounds that strikes the ear harshly

(2) : dissonance The song ends on a discord.

b : a harsh or unpleasant sound

discord

verb
dis·cord | \ ˈdis-ˌkȯrd , dis-ˈ \

Definition of discord (Entry 2 of 2)

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Noun

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism. a political party long racked by discord strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved. during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires. the conflict of freedom and responsibility contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy. several points of contention about the new zoning law dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions. religious dissension threatened to split the colony variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest. cultural variances that work against a national identity

Examples of discord in a Sentence

Noun

The city has long been known as a scene of racial intolerance and discord. The song ends on a discord.

Verb

the evangelist's lavish lifestyle discords with his professed religious beliefs
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since the revelations that Russian troll accounts sowed discord on social-media platforms during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Twitter has released a series of updates to clamp down on suspicious activity. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Twitter ramps up fight against abuse and malicious bots," 26 June 2018 The same is true for Newsfeed at Facebook, the very product that Russia used to sow discord during the election. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Trump Stokes Outrage in Silicon Valley—But It's Selective," 20 June 2018 There have been a lot of warnings from intelligence officials about how Russia is seeking to disrupt the midterms with the same types of influence operations that sowed discord two years ago. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Voter confidence is the biggest election security challenge, DHS cybersecurity official says," 13 June 2018 Since the election, there have been a string of revelations about Russian meddling in the election, including through social media, to sow discord and bolster Trump. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Americans left Thanksgiving dinner early because of divisive 2016 election, study finds," 31 May 2018 Hundreds of the ads ran after the election, continuing the effort to sow discord. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "More than 3,500 Russian Facebook ads released by Congress," 10 May 2018 Three of Mexico’s largest business chambers -- the CCE, Coparmex and the Mexican Business Council -- have all accused Lopez Obrador of sowing discord. Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg.com, "Lopez Obrador's Clash With Mexico's Business Elite Is Escalating," 4 May 2018 Whilst doing so, and in a more Machiavellian move, the forward also tapped into the everlasting discord between the North and the South of Italy, to inject some political fire into the pre-match discourse. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 7 Weeks to Go - When Maradona Turned Naples Against the Italian National Team," 2 May 2018 There’s for sure a part of this that’s a reflection of the discord. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Dick Costolo Talks Airtable Investment, Twitter, Donald Trump, and Silicon Valley," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trump said Iran cannot be trusted to stick to the accord, and that the agreement fails to address Iran's missile program or its contribution to discord in the Middle East. Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY, "Iran nuclear deal: What's next for the controversial accord?," 2 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'discord.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of discord

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for discord

Noun

Middle English descorde, discord, from Anglo-French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors — see discord entry 2

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French descorder, from Latin discordare, from discord-, discors discordant, from dis- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart

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discord

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discord

: lack of agreement between people, ideas, etc.

: an unpleasant combination of musical notes

discord

noun
dis·cord | \ ˈdis-ˌkȯrd \

Kids Definition of discord

: lack of agreement or harmony : conflict Money problems caused family discord.

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