harmony

noun
har·​mo·​ny | \ˈhär-mə-nē \
plural harmonies

Definition of harmony 

1 archaic : tuneful sound : melody

2a : the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord She taught him how to sing harmony.

b : the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms

c : the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords

3a : pleasing arrangement of parts : congruence a painting exhibiting harmony of color and line

b : agreement, accord when a woman's desires are in harmony with those of her husband

c : internal calm : tranquility a period of relative harmony

4a : an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative

b : a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony

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Synonyms & Antonyms for harmony

Synonyms

chime, comity, compatibility, concord, peace

Antonyms

conflict, discord, dissension (also dissention), variance

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Examples of harmony in a Sentence

a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms her face had an angelic harmony that fascinated the leading painters of her day

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The extreme freshness certainly helped the salad, but I was also struck by the unusual balance and harmony of flavors. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Summer Dish: Tomato and Peach Salad With Burrata," 2 July 2014 While abstract expressionism resulted in an almost chaotic design style thanks to its emotional intensity, minimalism sought to pare down to an essential nature and remove all excess, creating harmony from simplicity. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is Minimalism, Exactly?," 24 Sep. 2018 Bernstein’s music balances wistful contemplation with skilled handling of voice leading and harmony. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 When a viral photo of Devonte crying and hugging a white officer during a protest of police violence thrust the Harts into the national spotlight in 2014, many celebrated the moment as a symbol of hope for racial harmony. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 Some of the songs are raw or discordant, but Donicht says they are crafted to reveal harmony. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "Life Ain’t Fairview Trio explores grittier side of Anchorage life in second album," 13 July 2018 Then, the other founding members hit the stage, joined by bassist Jack Bates (whose dad is Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order), guitarist Jeff Schroeder and Katie Cole on a variety of instruments and harmonies. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Smashing Pumpkins launch 2018 reunion tour in Phoenix with 3-hour show," 13 July 2018 When a viral photo of Devonte crying and hugging a white officer during a protest against police violence thrust the Harts into the national spotlight in 2014, many celebrated the moment as a symbol of hope for racial harmony. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 When a viral photo of Devonte crying and hugging a white officer during a protest of police violence thrust the Harts into the national spotlight in 2014, many celebrated the moment as a symbol of hope for racial harmony. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of harmony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for harmony

Middle English armony, from Anglo-French armonie, from Latin harmonia, from Greek, joint, harmony, from harmos joint — more at arm

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The first known use of harmony was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for harmony

harmony

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harmony

: the combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound

: a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things

harmony

noun
har·​mo·​ny | \ˈhär-mə-nē \
plural harmonies

Kids Definition of harmony

1 : the playing of musical tones together in chords

2 : a pleasing arrangement of parts a harmony of colors

3 : agreement sense 1, accord The committee worked in harmony.

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