- having a harsh or discordant sound.
Origin of cacophonous
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dissonant, strident, grating, raucous.
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Examples from the Web for cacophonous
Their shocked glee was cacophonous: for many conservatives, the glitterati of Hollywood are a bunch of sneering atheists.Matthew McConaughey’s God Moment
March 3, 2014
The halftime show, especially, is a cacophonous display of shock and awe.American Dreams: The Essential Book of 2012
December 28, 2012
Mr. Landon Ronald expressed sympathy with musicians who were handicapped by cacophonous or undignified names.
She had a black eye which the cacophonous fiend had probably given her, and she grinned like a happy child of nature.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne
William J. Locke
Through the halls resounded the cacophonous clangour of a cracked gong announcing dinner.The Day of Days
Louis Joseph Vance
In Orocué they always began their cacophonous serenade at nightfall, and kept it up uninterruptedly until the following morning.Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena
H. J. Mozans
Yet again, he talks vaguely of the intricate polyphony of a cosmic orchestra, cacophonous to our dull ears.A Book of Prefaces
H. L. Mencken
- jarring in sound; discordant; harsh
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