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adjective Music.
  1. of, relating to, or marked by atonality.
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Origin of atonal

First recorded in 1920–25; a-6 + tonal
Related formsa·ton·al·is·tic, adjectivea·ton·al·ly, adverb
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Related Words for atonal

discordant, loud, strident, harsh, acute, blatant, brusque, cacophonous, dissonant, dry, grating, grinding, gruff, hoarse, husky, inharmonious, jarring, piercing, rasping, sharp

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British Dictionary definitions for atonal


  1. music having no established keyCompare tonal (def. 2)
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Derived Formsatonalism, nounatonally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for atonal


1922, from a- "not" (see a- (2)) + tonal.

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