dissonance

noun dis·so·nance \ ˈdi-sə-nən(t)s \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of dissonance

1 a : 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 dissonance
b : an instance of such inconsistency or disagreement
  • the mingling of bitter comedy and stark tragedy produces sharp dissonances
  • —F. B. Millett
2 : a mingling of sounds that strike the ear harshly : a mingling of discordant sounds; especiallymusic : 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

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Origin and Etymology of dissonance


DISSONANCE Defined for Kids

dissonance

noun dis·so·nance \ ˈdi-sə-nəns \

Definition of dissonance for Students

: an unpleasant combination of musical sounds

Medical Dictionary

dissonance

noun dis·so·nance \ ˈdis-ə-nən(t)s \

medical Definition of dissonance

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


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