discord

noun
dis·​cord | \ ˈdi-ˌskȯrd How to pronounce discord (audio) \

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 | \ ˈdi-ˌskȯrd How to pronounce discord (audio) , di-ˈskȯrd\
discorded; discording; discords

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

The absence of local news risks uninformed American citizens, and the spread of disinformation by those looking to sow discord. Heidi Legg For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Billionaires are saving journalism. Yes, that's right," 9 July 2019 Information world war: Renee DiResta, fellow in media, misinformation and trust at Mozilla, on the stakes for democracies that value free speech amid efforts by state actors and and extremists to sow discord and erode shared reality. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Antiwar rally, Democratic debate watch parties," 25 June 2019 The opinion reignited anger in a community that many said had found peace after more than a decade of bitter discord. oregonlive.com, "Zombie city Damascus in a battle for its soul, future," 22 June 2019 Related The family business has at times been a source of discord. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler’s Elkann Keeps Family Support in Wake of Busted Merger Talks," 20 June 2019 But there are hints of discord beyond this manicured oasis. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Finding Refuge in “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Much Ado About Nothing”," 17 June 2019 Sittenfeld and Young both knew there was no legitimate threat of civil discord. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Why we should be concerned about former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery's text messages to City Council," 12 June 2019 During the slow-motion car crash of the euro, the EU is more a source of discord. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 His father, Franz Neumann, was a prominent member of the Frankfurt School, which examined global discord through Marxist and Freudian analysis. Rick Paulas, SFChronicle.com, "Defender of the homeless remains committed, and angry," 12 June 2019

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

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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

formal
: lack of agreement between people, ideas, etc.
: an unpleasant combination of musical notes

discord

noun
dis·​cord | \ ˈdis-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce discord (audio) \

Kids Definition of discord

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

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