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[dis-kawr-dns] /dɪsˈkɔr dns/
a discordant state; disagreement; discord.
an instance of this.
Geology. lack of parallelism between adjacent strata, as in an angular unconformity.
(in genetic studies) the degree of dissimilarity in a pair of twins with respect to the presence or absence of a disease or trait.
Origin of discordance
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French discordaunce, descordance; see discord, -ance Unabridged
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  • Even when unconscious the strange being had an aura of discordance about its mind.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • These sounds, despite their discordance, are sweet to those now hearing them.

  • The other was to be found in the discordance of the component parts of the Empire.

    The Holy Roman Empire James Bryce
  • The effects of this discordance have been, and continue to be positively incalculable.

  • The latter is imperfection only; the former deadness or discordance.

  • His endeavor to meet and harmonize this discordance is called sin.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • From somewhere the discordance of a Victrola jarred on Lane's sensitive ears.

  • The clatter and commotion echoed to the hurry and discordance of the fugitive's ideas.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • discordance in music hurts a nice ear; a false attitude or motion in dancing equally offends the judicious eye.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
British Dictionary definitions for discordance


(geology) an arrangement of rock strata in which the older underlying ones dip at a different angle from the younger overlying ones; unconformity
lack of agreement or consonance
variants of discord
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Word Origin and History for discordance

mid-14c.; see discord (v.) + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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discordance in Medicine

discordance dis·cor·dance (dĭ-skôr'dns)
The presence of a given genetic trait in only one member of a pair of identical twins.

dis·cor'dant adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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