Definition of dissonance
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 : 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
the dissonance between what we are told and what we see with our own eyes
Recent Examples of dissonance from the Web
The rhythmic frenzy, harmonic complexity and unabashed dissonance of this work built persuasively on Mingus' vocabularies.
The White House does not have a monopoly on cognitive dissonance in America.
California's dissonance with the Trump administration became even more clear in the the package of bills that legislators approved this week.
The collision of Islam's peaceful and joyous Ramadan traditions with terrorists' warped version of them produces a unique kind of dissonance and heartbreak.
Orders were orders, and a lawful command from the president was not subject to debate or dissonance.
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Origin and Etymology of dissonance
First Known Use: 15th century
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Definition of dissonance for Students
: an unpleasant combination of musical sounds
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