dissonance

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noun dis·so·nance \ˈdi-sə-nən(t)s\

Definition of dissonance

  1. 1a :  lack of agreement the dissonance between the truth and what people want to believe; especially :  inconsistency between the beliefs one holds or between one's actions and one's beliefs — compare cognitive dissonanceb :  an instance of such inconsistency or disagreement the mingling of bitter comedy and stark tragedy produces sharp dissonances — F. B. Millett

  2. 2 :  a mingling of sounds that strike the ear harshly :  a mingling of discordant sounds; especially, music :  a clashing or unresolved musical interval or chord

Examples of dissonance in a sentence

  1. the dissonance between what we are told and what we see with our own eyes

Origin and Etymology of dissonance

see dissonant


First Known Use: 15th century


DISSONANCE Defined for Kids

dissonance

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noun dis·so·nance \ˈdi-sə-nəns\

Definition of dissonance for Students

  1. :  an unpleasant combination of musical sounds


Medical Dictionary

dissonance

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noun dis·so·nance \ˈdis-ə-nən(t)s\

Medical Definition of dissonance

  1. :  inconsistency between the beliefs one holds or between one's actions and one's beliefs—see cognitive dissonance



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