dissonant

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adjective dis·so·nant \-nənt\

Definition of dissonant

  1. 1 :  marked by dissonance :  discordant

  2. 2 :  incongruous

  3. 3 :  harmonically unresolved

dissonantly

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Examples of dissonant in a sentence

  1. a dissonant chorus of noises arose from the busy construction site

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Did You Know?

The root of "dissonant" is the Latin verb sonare. Can you guess what "sonare" means? Here's a hint: some related derivatives are "sonata," "supersonic," and "resonance." Does it sound to you as if "sonare" has something to do with sound? If so, you're right. In fact, sonare means "to sound, is related to the Latin noun sonus (meaning "sound"), and is an ancestor of the English word sound. "Dissonant" includes the negative prefix dis-. What is "dissonant," therefore, sounds inharmonic, conflicting, or clashing.

Origin and Etymology of dissonant

Middle English dissonaunte, from Latin dissonant-, dissonans, present participle of dissonare to be discordant, from dis- + sonare to sound — more at sound


First Known Use: 15th century


DISSONANT Defined for English Language Learners

dissonant

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adjective dis·so·nant \-nənt\

Definition of dissonant for English Language Learners

  • : not in agreement with something

  • music : not in harmony


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