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Examples of dissonant in a Sentence
a dissonant chorus of noises arose from the busy construction site
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Orchestral winds, strings and percussion all participate on this collection of compositions that often use Minimalism in anti-meditative ways: setting up urgent and dissonant patterns, revealing and repeating them, then knocking them wildly askew.
Gnashing dissonant chords, insectoid buzzings and furiously scrubbing strings abruptly morph into almost inaudible glissandos played in whistling harmonics.
Keith Richards’ dissonant guitar leads at times sounded as if they were being beamed in from another dimension, where conventional notions of pitch and tuning appear to be hazy concepts at best.
To the ear, the multiple frequencies can sound a bit like dissonant keys on a piano being struck all at once.
Though spawned in New York City around the same time as The Strokes and Interpol, these days, the five band members have moved on from the Big Apple and away from each other -- but that distant hasn’t made the group dissonant.
After a dissonant start to the fall, musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are ending the season in unison, contributing a total of $74,000 to the organization that employs them.
Songs in the middle of the record are marked by tight, dissonant arrangements where the core of Jones, guitarist Jeff Libersher, and bassist Dante Kester create lockstep patterns with a slew of harmony singers and horn players.
However, in a slightly dissonant salute to the monument's original purpose, the granite pedestal supporting the obelisk would remain the same.
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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.
Synonymscacophonous, discordant, inharmonious, unmelodious, unmusical, unvocal
Antonymsharmonious, harmonizing, melodious, musical
Related Wordsblaring, clanging, clangorous, clashing, clattering, dinning, grating, harsh, jangling, jangly, jarring, metallic, noisy, raspy, raucous, scratching, screeching, shrill, squeaky, strident; disagreeable, unpleasant, unpleasing; atonal, off-key, tuneless; resounding, sonorous; clamorous, uproarious
Near Antonymsdulcet, euphonious, mellifluent, mellifluous, mellow, melodic, sweet, tuneful; resonant, sonorous; quavering, trilling, warbling; agreeable, appealing, pleasant; cadenced, lilting, lyric, lyrical, rhythmic (or rhythmical); chordal, harmonic, homophonic, orchestral, polyphonic (or polyphonous), symphonic, symphonious, tonal; calm, hushed; noiseless, quiet, silent, soundless, still
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