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\
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

Reports of discord between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle surfaced when it was revealed that Meghan and Harry would be leaving Kensington Palace and moving into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Buckingham Palace Issues Rare Statement Regarding Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Feud Rumors," 1 Dec. 2018 For example, measuring success in cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety would look very different than the metrics for success in couple’s therapy for marital discord. SELF, "How Can You Tell if Therapy Is Actually Working?," 11 Dec. 2018 Social networks spread discord and hate across our politics, a myriad of addictive devices hook us in and then drive us apart, and new technologies like artificial intelligence, automation and robotics could mean vast changes across our workplace. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Turn and face the change: Recode and Vox.com are partnering," 1 Nov. 2018 One has asked the judge to also consider the fact that all three men read and shared Russian propaganda on their Facebook feed designed to sow discord in the U.S. political system. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Kansas militia men blame Trump’s rhetoric for planned attack," 30 Oct. 2018 Those interactions have been overwhelmingly civil, despite the discord over Trump and the media. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reporter's journal: In Trump era, views of media — like politics — are polarized," 2 May 2018 The government's heavy-handed censorship of social media also aims to snuff out any viral phenomenon that carries a whiff of social discord. Jing Zhang, The Hollywood Reporter, "#MeToo Has Reached China, But Will It Have an Impact?," 8 Jan. 2018 Amid all this, there have been sophisticated attempts from Russia and Iran to interfere with elections and stir up political discord in the U.S. All this would be more than enough to deal with. Barbara Ortutay, The Seattle Times, "Facebook caught in an election-security Catch-22," 30 Oct. 2018 Despite the attention Russia’s election interference and efforts to sow political discord in the U.S. have received, China remains a top long-term strategic threat, top U.S. intelligence officials have said. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Accuses China of Trying to Interfere in U.S. Elections," 26 Sep. 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

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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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