discord

[noun dis-kawrd; verb dis-kawrd]

noun

lack of concord or harmony between persons or things: marital discord.
disagreement; difference of opinion.
strife; dispute; war.
Music. an inharmonious combination of musical tones sounded together.
any confused or harsh noise; dissonance.

verb (used without object)

to disagree; be at variance.

Nearby words

  1. discontinuous,
  2. discontinuous variation,
  3. discopathy,
  4. discophile,
  5. discoplacenta,
  6. discordance,
  7. discordancy,
  8. discordant,
  9. discordant alternation,
  10. discordia

Origin of discord

1200–50; (noun) Middle English descorde, discorde < Anglo-French; Old French descort (derivative of descorder), descorde < Latin discordia, derivative of discord- (stem of discors) discordant (dis- dis-1 + cord-, stem of cors heart); (v.) Middle English discorden < Anglo-French, Old French descorder < Latin discordāre derivative of discord-, as above

Related formsun·dis·cord·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for discord

discord

noun (ˈdɪskɔːd)

lack of agreement of harmony; strife
harsh confused mingling of sounds
a combination of musical notes containing one or more dissonant intervalsSee dissonance (def. 3), concord (def. 4)

verb (dɪsˈkɔːd)

(intr) to disagree; clash

Word Origin for discord

C13: from Old French descort, from descorder to disagree, from Latin discordāre, from discors at variance, from dis- 1 + cor heart

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