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[dis-kawr-dnt] /dɪsˈkɔr dnt/
being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous:
discordant opinions.
disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh.
Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable.
Origin of discordant
1250-1300; Middle English discordaunt < Anglo-French < Latin discordant- (stem of discordāns), present participle of discordāre. See discord, -ant
Related forms
discordantly, adverb
nondiscordant, adjective
undiscordant, adjective
undiscordantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • For once, the music of her voice was lost in a discordant cry of detestation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Even the discordant shriek of the steam-whistle has been superseded in Freeland.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • It was followed by a series of discordant brays from the donkey.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Will not a young man's heart leap amid these discordant sounds?

    The Republic Plato
  • Some one was singing the "Carmagnole" in drunken, discordant tones.

  • They greeted our approach with the most discordant din it had ever been my fortune to hear.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • "The world is more conscious of your discordant voices," I said.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for discordant


at variance; disagreeing
harsh in sound; inharmonious
Derived Forms
discordantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discordant

late 14c., discordaunt, from Old French descordant, present participle of descorder (see discord (n.)). Related: Discordantly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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