- being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous: discordant opinions.
- disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh.
- Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable.
Origin of discordant
Related Words for discordantcacophonous, clashing, jarring, dissonant, strident, divergent, antagonistic, antipathetic, contradictory, contrary, different, discrepant, grating, harsh, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, inharmonious, opposite, quarreling
Examples from the Web for discordant
Contemporary Examples of discordant
Crime, fiscal recklessness, and homelessness are stirring like discordant strains of music.Why New York—and Bill de Blasio—May Haunt Hillary Clinton in a 2016 Campaign
June 2, 2014
No doubt Romney was sincere in wanting to help the homeless woman, but it sounded a discordant note.Romney's Embarrassment of Riches
January 18, 2012
But people now had enough of a sense of Obama to know that the statement was discordant with his whole approach and demeanor."Bittergate"
November 3, 2009
Historical Examples of discordant
For once, the music of her voice was lost in a discordant cry of detestation.Within the Law
Even the discordant shriek of the steam-whistle has been superseded in Freeland.Freeland
It was followed by a series of discordant brays from the donkey.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Will not a young man's heart leap amid these discordant sounds?The Republic
Some one was singing the "Carmagnole" in drunken, discordant tones.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- at variance; disagreeing
- harsh in sound; inharmonious
Word Origin and History for discordant
late 14c., discordaunt, from Old French descordant, present participle of descorder (see discord (n.)). Related: Discordantly.