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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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Whether working with groups or as a soloist, Mr. Taylor was considered a master of pianistic virtuosity and stamina, performing demanding, dissonant solos that sometimes lasted two hours or more.
But the overwhelming presence is Ives’ core musical language — dissonant but expressive, alternately craggy and delicate, and completely lacking in sentimentality.
Way ahead of his time, Biber employs eight folk songs played simultaneously for an example of 17th century dissonant chaos and a bass plunking strings against a sheet of paper to simulate drumbeats.
The music undulates between major and minor keys, Eastern and Western musical traditions settling on remarkable resonance between dissonant chords.
Their crushing guitar tones, punishing drums, and animalistic vocals are frequently augmented by mechanical industrial flourishes, dissonant inhuman wails, and factory-floor rhythms.
However misplaced the accents, this was a beautiful Viennese tribute to America, with every detail exquisitely balanced, down to the last chord — raucously dissonant with every note of the scale but one — treated as a respectful raspberry.
Led by an untested millennial, the dissonant anti-establishment Five Star Movement is ahead in the polls.
Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh conducts a dissonant symphony of light and sound to ratchet up the dread.
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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.
DISSONANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dissonant for English Language Learners
: not in agreement with something
music : not in harmony
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