- a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of unrest and needing completion.
- an unresolved, discordant chord or interval.Compare consonance(def 3).
- dissolving view,
Origin of dissonance
Examples from the Web for dissonance
These subversive narratives were not the solution I sought to the dissonance between my expected and actual college experience.
The darkness and dissonance of these tightly constructed tales reflect something of the political turbulence of Soviet Russia.
There was no camp, kitsch, or dissonance to his pure love of Michael Jackson.
Miss Fanny did sound her A, and again a dissonance broke forth that would have thrown Orpheus into fits.
Dissonance, in music, that effect which, results from the union of two sounds not in accord with each other.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
Nevertheless, the fourth was still considered a dissonance, and was permitted only between the upper parts of the music.Critical & Historical Essays|Edward MacDowell
Clash of character being the starting point of drama we have it amplified in the international by both sympathy and dissonance.Polly the Pagan|Isabel Anderson
But the house stood isolated, and outside the laurelled forests and porous cliffs soaked up the dissonance as a blotter soaks ink.The Roof Tree|Charles Neville Buck
- a sensation commonly associated with all intervals of the second and seventh, all diminished and augmented intervals, and all chords based on these intervalsCompare consonance (def. 3)
- an interval or chord of this kind
early 15c., "disagreement," from Middle French dissonance and directly from Late Latin dissonantia, from Latin dissonantem (see dissonant). Figurative use dates from 1875.