Definition of dissonance
- the dissonance between the truth and what people want to believe
- the mingling of bitter comedy and stark tragedy produces sharp dissonances
- —F. B. Millett
the dissonance between what we are told and what we see with our own eyes
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conflict, disaccord, discord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, dissension (also dissention), dissent, dissidence, disunion, disunity, division, friction, infighting, inharmony, schism, strife, variance, war, warfare;
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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