[noun dis-kawrd; verb dis-kawrd]


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.

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

Synonyms for discord

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Historical Examples of discord

  • I should set jarring a discord in your life for which it was never meant.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • At the same time, each successive day of discord increased his anxiety.


    Emile Zola

  • The greatest good of a State is unity; the greatest evil, discord and distraction.

  • Shall we, after the manner of Homer, pray the Muses to tell us 'how discord first arose'?

  • And therefore has neither more nor less of discord, nor yet of harmony?



British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for discord

early 13c., descorde, "unfriendly feeling, ill will;" also "dissention, strife," from Old French descorde (12c.) "disagreement," from Latin discordia, from discors (genitive discordis) "disagreeing, disagreement," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Musical sense is late 14c.


c.1300, from Old French discorder (13c.), from Latin discordare (see discord (n.)).

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