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atonal

[ ey-tohn-l ]

adjective

, Music.
  1. of, relating to, or marked by atonality.


atonal

/ æ-; eɪˈtəʊnəl /

adjective

  1. music having no established key Compare tonal


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Derived Forms

  • aˈtonally, adverb
  • aˈtonalism, noun
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Other Words From

  • a·tonal·istic adjective
  • a·tonal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of atonal1

First recorded in 1920–25; a- 6 + tonal
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Example Sentences

The shapes collapse in on themselves and cycle in time with the music from my headphones, which also collapses in on itself and becomes quite atonal.

American Idol's eccentric, atonal auditioners make us laugh—and then we never see them again.

The voice was talking a language I didn't understand at all that went up and down the scale like atonal music.

Another time, when they booed an atonal piece, he repeated it immediately.

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