- harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
- a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
- Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.
Origin of cacophony
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Examples from the Web for cacophony
Most Cacophony events were one-off affairs, just enough to jam the culture a bit before moving on.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest
December 12, 2014
Badges hanging from their necks boast small national flags, and a cacophony of accents represents more than 20 countries.A Camp Away From Terror: Where Israeli and Palestinian Kids Find Common Ground
August 4, 2014
For Clinton and the Democrats, the cacophony out of Arizona is music to their ears.Republicans Better Mind the Modernity Gap To Catch Up to Clinton
March 3, 2014
Instead, you find your favorite objects displaced by a cacophony of contemporary works, often highly avant-garde and challenging.A New Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum Puts a Modern Face on Chinese Art
January 5, 2014
It was a cacophony of carnage, if you will, but one well understood by the central antagonists.The Middle East’s Murder Messages
January 5, 2014
The "cacophony" complained of is not, unfortunately, in nubibus.
Then it was cacophony, a thousand different shouting voices.Little Brother
A cacophony of loud shouts from behind him told of the arrival of reinforcements.The Return of Tharn
Howard Carleton Browne
The silence was as startling—and nearly as unbearable—as the cacophony had been.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
The dissociation of conventional keys was rigorously practised, and at times we were in the profoundest gulfs of cacophony.Unicorns
- harsh discordant sound; dissonance
- the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language
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Word Origin and History for cacophony
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