- disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
- out of harmony; incongruous; at variance.
- Music. characterized by dissonance.
Origin of dissonant
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2. incompatible, incongruent, inconsistent.
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Examples from the Web for dissonant
It was something more than harsh and dissonant, and it betrayed no lack of skill.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Dissonant music that might otherwise be found in a Kubrick film portend to the worst.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film
October 18, 2013
Benedict has made nice to Muslims since that dissonant Islam speech, praying at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul in 2006.Right Place, Wrong Pope
Matt Beynon Rees
May 11, 2009
She was fitted to this landscape, whereas the other woman was alien and dissonant.The Forester's Daughter
Cicero found it barren and dissonant, and as such he had to deal with it.Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)
John Henry Newman
Their apparel is indifferent, so it be dissonant from the laity.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
They were taller and bulkier than the Cambrians, and were speaking a dissonant English jargon.Wild Wales
The ringers cracked a bell in Briarfield belfry; it is dissonant to this day.Shirley
- discordant; cacophonous
- incongruous or discrepant
- music characterized by dissonance
C15: from Latin dissonāre to be discordant, from dis- 1 + sonāre to sound
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Word Origin and History for dissonant
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