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

  • 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
  • Under the sharp voice of the reformer she hears the music of the harmony which he discordantly foretells.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
  • He laughed wildly and discordantly, and I felt desperately uncomfortable.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • They were exceeding noisy, singing most discordantly and laughing at indecent jests.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • A feeling of relief came over each, and they laughed hysterically and discordantly.

British Dictionary definitions for discordantly


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



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

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