har·​mo·​ni·​ous | \ här-ˈmō-nē-əs \

Definition of harmonious

1 : having agreement among musical components : musically concordant harmonious voices
2 : having the parts agreeably related : congruous blended into a harmonious whole harmonious medley of small vaulted chambers— Norman Douglas
3 : marked by accord in sentiment or action harmonious relationship between church and state— H. D. Hazeltine

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Other Words from harmonious

harmoniously adverb
harmoniousness noun

Examples of harmonious in a Sentence

The living room was decorated in harmonious colors. a harmonious combination of flavors

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Unlike many of the other discussion threads in this year-end wrap-up, this one was largely harmonious and positive. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 Change concept or execution: The root of the design problem here centers on these fraught questions: Should an addition to a historic building strive to create a harmonious mix of old and new, one that blurs the distinction between past and present? Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "We're only stuck with the lousy Union Station design if we fail to rethink it. Let the debate begin.," 27 June 2018 Scorpio and Cancer understand your profound emotional sensitivity which makes them harmonious matches whereas Capricorn and Taurus can guide you towards stability and centering. Ashley Otero, Teen Vogue, "Who You Should Date, Based on Your Horoscope," 20 Aug. 2018 Soccer's powerful place in British society can also be harnessed to foster harmonious relations. Rob Harris, Fox News, "Volatile political mood emboldens soccer abuse, Ouseley says," 10 Aug. 2018 Watts’ commitment to Zen Buddhism and Taoism stood in unresolved tension with a life that was far from peaceful and harmonious. Daniel Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "In the worst human traumas, psychologists found the roots of happiness," 6 May 2018 Speaking to The Verge, Gannon explains the motivations behind her work; the process behind training a pack of robots; and how animalistic behavior might help us imagine a more harmonious future between human and machine. James Vincent, The Verge, "Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines," 11 Nov. 2018 Besides, there are times when the color wheel and rules about complementary and harmonious hues seem irrelevant. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Color-driven landscapes are harder than they look," 2 Mar. 2018 The pair had parted company under less-than-harmonious circumstances when the group dissolved less than two years earlier, but necessity — and talent — drew them together once again. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Graham Nash Tells the Wild Tales Behind His Most Enduring Songs," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of harmonious

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for harmonious

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English Language Learners Definition of harmonious

music : having a pleasing mixture or combination of notes

: having parts that are related or combined in a pleasing way

: not experiencing disagreement or fighting


har·​mo·​ni·​ous | \ här-ˈmō-nē-əs \

Kids Definition of harmonious

1 : showing agreement in action or feeling a harmonious family
2 : combining so as to produce a pleasing result harmonious colors
3 : having a pleasant sound : melodious harmonious voices

Other Words from harmonious

harmoniously adverb

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