dis·​har·​mo·​ny | \-nē \

Definition of disharmony 

: lack of harmony : discord

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Other Words from disharmony

disharmonic \ -​här-​ˈmä-​nik \ adjective

Examples of disharmony in a Sentence

having witnessed so much domestic disharmony while growing up, he was in no rush to join the ranks of the married

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This is the 50-year anniversary of the PGA Tour breaking away from the PGA of America, leading to years of disharmony. Doug Ferguson,, "Ferguson: PGA Championship move to May crucial to Tour's schedule tweaks," 11 July 2018 Social media is no small force behind the present age of unreason and disharmony. Alexander Heffner, Time, "The American Historical Record Includes Court Cases, Famous Speeches—And Trump’s Tweets. Here’s Why That Matters," 2 July 2018 Speaking after his side's 4-1 win over West Ham on Sunday afternoon - his first match since announcing his impending resignation last Friday - Wenger admitted that the disharmony among Gunners fans was 'hurtful' to the club's image., "Arsene Wenger Hints 'Hurtful' Arsenal Disharmony Played a Part in His Decision to Leave," 22 Apr. 2018 After a complaint from members of Modi’s political party, Dixit was charged in a criminal complaint with promoting disharmony among different religious and other groups, a charge that carries a penalty of up to five years in jail. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "In Modi’s India, journalists face bullying, criminal cases and worse," 15 Feb. 2018 The theme of music thus becomes a theme of disharmony, literally and figuratively. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In On Chesil Beach, a Longing Unfulfilled," 17 May 2018 Even now, though, there appears to be disharmony over the naming of the interim leader. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council moves to gain more control over American Jazz Museum, but disarray remains | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 Yet the disharmony of an uncertain transmission, cabin materials that are nice from a distance but not so refined under inspection and advanced safety technology that is effective amid an oldish infotainment system causes a disconnect. Robert Duffer,, "Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander isn't as fresh as the three-row competition," 31 May 2017 Hassett pushed back a bit on my suggestion of disharmony, noting that Trump’s trade actions on China were based in part on work his shop had done, estimating the cost to the US economy of intellectual property theft from China. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "Breakfast with the ‘referee’ of Trump economic policy," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disharmony

circa 1602, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disharmony

: lack of agreement that often causes unhappiness or trouble


dis·​har·​mo·​ny | \(ˈ)dis-ˈhär-mə-nē \
plural disharmonies

Medical Definition of disharmony 

: lack of harmony — see occlusal disharmony

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