dis·​har·​mo·​ny | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce disharmony (audio) \

Definition of disharmony

: lack of harmony : discord

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disharmonic \ (ˌ)dis-​här-​ˈmä-​nik How to pronounce disharmonic (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The disharmony of America is leading to clashes at South Florida’s polling places as voting brings the two angry sides into each other’s space. Wells Dusenbury,, "The tumult of a nation divided by politics is spilling into the voting lines," 1 Nov. 2020 But this disharmony can also come with moments of peace. National Geographic, "Why seasonal depression can happen in the summer too," 26 Aug. 2020 But the 5000 is an 85-mph car—any speed much above that and the disharmony of its uneven number of cylinders grates unmercifully on the human ear ... Steve Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1980 Audi 4000 Needs to Cook a Little Longer," 14 Aug. 2020 However, cool it with any aggressive behavior when negative aspects create disharmony, arguments or power struggles with others., "Horoscope," 22 June 2020 Casting itself as the upholder of law and order has been a perennial Republican Party strategy in times of racial disharmony and social unrest, from the 1967 riots in Detroit and Newark, N.J., to Ferguson, Mo., in 2014., "What top conservatives are saying about George Floyd and police brutality," 30 May 2020 Scarcity or want derives from people not sharing properly and from the social disharmony that follows—not from inadequacies in nature's ability to provide. Jerome Lewis, Scientific American, "How Sustainable Development Ravaged the Congo Basin," 26 Apr. 2020 Their struggles in Europe suggest that there might be some truth in the crisis talks, and the disharmony behind the scenes is real., "Autumn Brings Status Quo in La Liga After Summer Where Everything Looked Like Changing," 7 Oct. 2019 But behind those crosstown success stories is a sense of division, of otherness, fueled by one team's exodus and decades of racial and political disharmony. Brian Burnsed,, "Two Playoff Teams, Two New Stadiums and One Great Divide," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of disharmony

circa 1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disharmony was circa 1602

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13 Nov 2020

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“Disharmony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disharmony

somewhat formal : lack of agreement that often causes unhappiness or trouble


dis·​har·​mo·​ny | \ (ˈ)dis-ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce disharmony (audio) \
plural disharmonies

Medical Definition of disharmony

: lack of harmony — see occlusal disharmony

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