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[ kon-suh-nuhns ]


  1. accord or agreement.

    Synonyms: correspondence, harmony, concord

    Antonyms: dissonance

  2. correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds.
  3. Music. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose. Compare dissonance ( def 2 ).
  4. Prosody.
    1. the correspondence of consonants, especially those at the end of a word, in a passage of prose or verse. Compare alliteration ( def 1 ).
    2. the use of the repetition of consonants or consonant patterns as a rhyming device.
  5. Physics. the property of two sounds the frequencies of which have a ratio equal to a small whole number.


/ ˈkɒnsənəns /


  1. agreement, harmony, or accord
  2. prosody similarity between consonants, but not between vowels, as between the s and t sounds in sweet silent thought Compare assonance
  3. music
    1. an aesthetically pleasing sensation or perception associated with the interval of the octave, the perfect fourth and fifth, the major and minor third and sixth, and chords based on these intervals Compare dissonance
    2. an interval or chord producing this sensation
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Word History and Origins

Origin of consonance1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin consonantia “concord,” from consonant- (stem of consonāns “sounding together”; consonant ) + -ia -y
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Example Sentences

There may be a bit too much consonance between the events past and present that give the novel its structure.

In both cases, he explained, “an expert hand must con­stantly bring disharmony back to consonance.”

Their liking had matured into an attachment, which might have been predicated upon their consonance of feeling and sentiment.

The consonance came of itself, and ideas were born of the rhymes.

He chooses the work that is in consonance with his mode of life, and gives him leisure and strength to do his duty to God and man.

With the changes in the rhythm of the dance, and the gestures that vary in consonance, the echo within sings to a new tune.

Moreover, this order of succession is also in greater consonance with the general laws underlying social changes of this sort.


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