being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous: discordant opinions.
disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh.
Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable.

Origin of discordant

1250–1300; Middle English discordaunt < Anglo-French < Latin discordant- (stem of discordāns), present participle of discordāre. See discord, -ant
Related formsdis·cord·ant·ly, adverbnon·dis·cord·ant, adjectiveun·dis·cord·ant, adjectiveun·dis·cord·ant·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of discordant

Historical Examples of discordant

  • For once, the music of her voice was lost in a discordant cry of detestation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Even the discordant shriek of the steam-whistle has been superseded in Freeland.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • It was followed by a series of discordant brays from the donkey.

  • Will not a young man's heart leap amid these discordant sounds?

  • Some one was singing the "Carmagnole" in drunken, discordant tones.

British Dictionary definitions for discordant



at variance; disagreeing
harsh in sound; inharmonious
Derived Formsdiscordantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discordant

late 14c., discordaunt, from Old French descordant, present participle of descorder (see discord (n.)). Related: Discordantly.

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