dis·​har·​mo·​ny (ˌ)dis-ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce disharmony (audio)
: lack of harmony : discord
disharmonic adjective

Examples of disharmony in a Sentence

a period of disharmony between the two groups
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disharmony was circa 1602

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“Disharmony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


dis·​har·​mo·​ny (ˈ)dis-ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce disharmony (audio)
plural disharmonies
: lack of harmony see occlusal disharmony

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