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harmonious

[hahr-moh-nee-uh s] /hɑrˈmoʊ ni əs/
adjective
1.
marked by agreement in feeling, attitude, or action:
a harmonious group.
2.
forming a pleasingly consistent whole; congruous:
harmonious colors.
3.
pleasant to the ear; tuneful; melodious.
Origin of harmonious
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30, harmonious is from the Greek word harmónios melodious, literally, fitting. See harmony, -ous
Related forms
harmoniously, adverb
harmoniousness, noun
nonharmonious, adjective
nonharmoniously, adverb
nonharmoniousness, noun
preharmonious, adjective
preharmoniously, adverb
preharmoniousness, noun
unharmonious, adjective
unharmoniously, adverb
Synonyms
1. amicable, congenial; sympathetic. 2. concordant, congruent, consonant, consistent.
Antonyms
1, 3. discordant.
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  • Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The other, and even more popular, legend is that of "The harmonious Blacksmith."

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • Put what is wrong right, and what is in you will show itself in harmonious behaviour.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • His enumeration of a comparison with other lakes is at once harmonious and poetic.

  • The trumpet marine is an instrument that pleases me and it's harmonious.

British Dictionary definitions for harmonious

harmonious

/hɑːˈməʊnɪəs/
adjective
1.
(esp of colours or sounds) fitting together well
2.
having agreement or consensus
3.
tuneful, consonant, or melodious
Derived Forms
harmoniously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for harmonious
adj.

1540s, in music, from French harmonieux (14c.), from harmonie (see harmony). In nonmusical use from 1630s. Related: Harmoniously; harmoniousness.

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