having a harsh or discordant sound.
- ca·coph·o·nous·ly, adverb
- un·ca·coph·o·nous, adjective
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How to use cacophonous in a sentence
A psychologist might describe the benefits of this cognitive specificity in terms of “flow,” the buzzword applied to activities that focus the attention on something immediate and tangible, to the exclusion of the cacophonous wider world.
It is a cacophonous soundscape that had changed little in tens of thousands of years.Underwater Noise Pollution Is Disrupting Ocean Life—But We Can Fix It | Aryn Baker | February 5, 2021 | Time
Their shocked glee was cacophonous: for many conservatives, the glitterati of Hollywood are a bunch of sneering atheists.
The halftime show, especially, is a cacophonous display of shock and awe.
The news prompted cacophonous street celebrations in Tripoli with guns blazing, fireworks exploding, and car horns blaring.Skepticism Abounds About the Death of Gaddafi’s Son Khamis | Jamie Dettmer | October 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sometimes, though, she looks determinedly frumpy in bold, geometric cacophonous patterns.Ann Romney's Milk-and-Cookies Style Emphasizes Mitt's Softer Side | Robin Givhan | December 20, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Others have no doubt quite sincerely refused to perform any music that sounded cacophonous to them.Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
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
And to even that remnant of music--their few jumbled cacophonous melodies--they clung with a devotion almost phenomenal.Sabbath in Puritan New England | Alice Morse Earle
In Orocué they always began their cacophonous serenade at nightfall, and kept it up uninterruptedly until the following morning.Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena | H. J. Mozans
She had a black eye which the cacophonous fiend had probably given her, and she grinned like a happy child of nature.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for cacophonous
jarring in sound; discordant; harsh
- cacophonously or cacophonically, adverb
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