in·​har·​mo·​ni·​ous ˌin-(ˌ)här-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce inharmonious (audio)
: not harmonious : discordant
: not fitting or congenial : conflicting
inharmonious personalities
inharmoniously adverb
inharmoniousness noun

Examples of inharmonious in a Sentence

the inn bans young children because the owners believe that they are inharmonious with the quiet atmosphere other guests desire a deliberately inharmonious piece of music in the modern idiom
Recent Examples on the Web Setting Discordant Personal Goals A 2023 study published in Current Psychology finds that partners’ inharmonious goals can have detrimental effects on relationships. Mark Travers, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 For sixteen hours a week, Valentine hopes to share some melody in a place that, for some, can feel inharmonious. Washington Post, 24 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inharmonious was in 1662

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Cite this Entry

“Inharmonious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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in·​har·​mo·​ni·​ous ˌin-(ˌ)här-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce inharmonious (audio)
: not harmonious : discordant
inharmonious sounds
inharmonious ideas
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