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[kon-kawr-dns, kuh n-]
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  1. agreement; concord; harmony: the concordance of the membership.
  2. an alphabetical index of the principal words of a book, as of the Bible, with a reference to the passage in which each occurs.
  3. an alphabetical index of subjects or topics.
  4. (in genetic studies) the degree of similarity in a pair of twins with respect to the presence or absence of a particular disease or trait.
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Origin of concordance

1350–1400; Middle English concordaunce < Anglo-French, equivalent to Middle French concordance < Medieval Latin concordantia. See concord, -ance
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Related Words for concordance

accord, consonance, accordance, concurrence, concord, unity, harmony, similarity

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Historical Examples of concordance

  • The Concordance was, however, rescued from an untimely fate.

    Little Gidding and its inmates in the Time of King Charles I.

    J. E. Acland

  • She brought the concordance and found there was no reference to omnipresence.

    The Right Knock

    Helen Van-Anderson

  • The purchaser gets not only a Concordance, but also a Bible, in this volume.

  • It is a concordance to all literature; not of words, but of phrases.

    China and the Manchus

    Herbert Allen Giles

  • These can readily be hunted out with the help of a concordance.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining

    Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott

British Dictionary definitions for concordance


  1. a state or condition of agreement or harmony
  2. a book that indexes the principal words in a literary work, often with the immediate context and an account of the meaning
  3. an index produced by computer or machine, alphabetically listing every word in a text
  4. an alphabetical list of subjects or topics
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Word Origin and History for concordance


late 14c., "alphabetical arrangement of all the words in a book" (especially the Bible), from Old French concordance (12c.) "agreement, harmony," from Late Latin concordantia, from concordantem (nominative concordans; see concord). Originally a citation of parallel passages. Literal meaning "fact of agreeing" attested in English from mid-15c.

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concordance in Medicine


  1. The presence of a given trait in both members of a pair of twins.
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Related formscon•cordant adj.
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