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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Examples from the Web for discordantly

Historical Examples of discordantly

  • He had quitted Tresten, and was talking to himself, cheating' himself, not discordantly at all.

  • Unexpectedly and discordantly the Spanish child ended her performance.


    Mary Stewart Daggett

  • Captain Dove lay back in his bunk and laughed, most discordantly.

    The White Blackbird

    Hudson Douglas

  • I think John's imagination was worked upon by the sweet and mournful hymns that were discordantly sung in the stiff old parlors.

    Being a Boy

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • A heartless loon laughed long and discordantly over their wretched plight.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor

British Dictionary definitions for discordantly



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



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

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