being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous: discordant opinions.
disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh.
Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable.
- dis·cord·ant·ly, adverb
- non·dis·cord·ant, adjective
- un·dis·cord·ant, adjective
- un·dis·cord·ant·ly, adverb
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How to use discordant in a sentence
Share, an illustrator with a passion for hand-lettering, began creating gorgeous poster-style depictions of the parks overlaid with the discordant words of unimpressed reviewers and posting them on Instagram.Amber Share turned negative reviews of national parks into an art form | Stephanie Merry | May 27, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s a cruel possibility that demonstrates the odd and discordant time from which we are starting to escape.Steph Curry, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook redeemed this NBA season. Now comes postseason hell. | Jerry Brewer | May 20, 2021 | Washington Post
The composition is less discordant, with fewer dynamic shifts, than Reid’s best-known work, “Prism,” an opera that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.At Wolf Trap, this walk in the woods comes with its own soundtrack | Mark Jenkins | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
The discordant figures, combined with the dearth of publicly available data, may make it more difficult for the company to build public confidence in its doses.Why did the efficacy of China’s top vaccine drop from 78% to 50%? | Grady McGregor | January 13, 2021 | Fortune
It appealed to my musical sense, because it was done in a harmonious way — it was not discordant.Turning space images into music makes astronomy more accessible | Maria Temming | October 16, 2020 | Science News
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 | Lloyd Green | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But, like a song whose discordant chords flow into a harmonious chorus, the flavors united, almost by magic.
No doubt Romney was sincere in wanting to help the homeless woman, but it sounded a discordant note.
This angry discordant debate makes it seem as if we could rectify this problem just by electing the right people.Jobs Report Shows Structural Unemployment Is the Real Problem | Zachary Karabell | December 3, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
But people now had enough of a sense of Obama to know that the statement was discordant with his whole approach and demeanor.
The voices of Edna's disbanding guests jarred like a discordant note upon the quiet harmony of the night.
During all this time they howl continually in a most discordant manner, and make the most hideous faces.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
"I returned day before yesterday," he answered, while he leaned his arm on the keys, bringing forth a crash of discordant sound.
Its discordant clashes sweep upward in one harmonious tone that blends with the music of other worlds—to complete God's orchestra.
We have seen the clashing reports of Buddha, the following reports of the son of Mary are equally discordant.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
British Dictionary definitions for discordant
at variance; disagreeing
harsh in sound; inharmonious
- discordantly, adverb
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