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  1. having a harsh or discordant sound.
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Origin of cacophonous

From the Greek word kakóphōnos, dating back to 1790–1800. See caco-, -phone, -ous
Related formsca·coph·o·nous·ly, adverbun·ca·coph·o·nous, adjective

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Related Words for cacophonous

discordant, raucous, noisy, dissonant, grating, inharmonious, jarring, sour, strident, unmusical, clinking, disharmonic, jangly

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Historical Examples of cacophonous

  • Mr. Landon Ronald expressed sympathy with musicians who were handicapped by cacophonous or undignified names.

  • She had a black eye which the cacophonous fiend had probably given her, and she grinned like a happy child of nature.

  • Through the halls resounded the cacophonous clangour of a cracked gong announcing dinner.

    The Day of Days

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • In Orocué they always began their cacophonous serenade at nightfall, and kept it up uninterruptedly until the following morning.

  • Yet again, he talks vaguely of the intricate polyphony of a cosmic orchestra, cacophonous to our dull ears.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for cacophonous


cacophonic (ˌkækəˈfɒnɪk)

  1. jarring in sound; discordant; harsh
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Derived Formscacophonously or cacophonically, adverb
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