Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

discordant

[dis-kawr-dnt]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous: discordant opinions.
  2. disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh.
  3. Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable.
Show More

Origin of discordant

1250–1300; Middle English discordaunt < Anglo-French < Latin discordant- (stem of discordāns), present participle of discordāre. See discord, -ant
Related formsdis·cord·ant·ly, adverbnon·dis·cord·ant, adjectiveun·dis·cord·ant, adjectiveun·dis·cord·ant·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for discordantly

Historical Examples

  • He had quitted Tresten, and was talking to himself, cheating' himself, not discordantly at all.

    The Tragic Comedians, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Unexpectedly and discordantly the Spanish child ended her performance.

    Mariposilla

    Mary Stewart Daggett

  • Captain Dove lay back in his bunk and laughed, most discordantly.

    The White Blackbird

    Hudson Douglas

  • I think John's imagination was worked upon by the sweet and mournful hymns that were discordantly sung in the stiff old parlors.

    Being a Boy

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • A heartless loon laughed long and discordantly over their wretched plight.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor


British Dictionary definitions for discordantly

discordant

adjective
  1. at variance; disagreeing
  2. harsh in sound; inharmonious
Show More
Derived Formsdiscordantly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for discordantly

discordant

adj.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper