cacophony

[kuh-kof-uh-nee]
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noun, plural ca·coph·o·nies.
  1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
  2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
  3. Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

Origin of cacophony

1650–60; < New Latin cacophonia < Greek kakophōnía. See caco-, -phony
Related formscac·o·phon·ic [kak-uh-fon-ik] /ˌkæk əˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
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noise, harshness, discord

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British Dictionary definitions for cacophony

cacophony

noun plural -nies
  1. harsh discordant sound; dissonance
  2. the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language
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Word Origin and History for cacophony
n.

1650s, from Greek kakophonia, from kakophonos "harsh sounding," from kakos "bad, evil" (see caco-) + phone "voice" (see fame (n.)). Related: Cacophonous.

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