inharmonious or harsh sound; discord; cacophony.
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).
disagreement or incongruity.
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How to use dissonance in a sentence
Those messages highlighted the growing dissonance between reggaeton’s origins in poor, marginalized communities in Puerto Rico and Panama and the genre’s contemporary and increasingly global image.Reggaeton needed a racial reckoning. Afro-Latinos are leading it. | Bethonie Butler | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
There is some dissonance between the two heads fighting each other, but it’s the same animal.
Of course, we seem to be in the age of dissonance when it comes to marketing conferences as last year’s Advertising Week was held at the same time as the United Nation’s General Assembly on Climate Action.‘Don’t have the luxury of doing good’: The age of dissonance continues at this year’s ANAs — and beyond | Kristina Monllos | October 27, 2020 | Digiday
Perhaps there’s just too much dissonance when I pair it with chicken, the bar too high to meet.Until I Can Go Back to My Favorite Restaurant, This Jerk Paste Is the Next Best Thing | Elazar Sontag | September 25, 2020 | Eater
This will only make your user experience skyrocket and help negate dissonance from users.
A big part of the reason is a simple psychological phenomenon called cognitive dissonance.
These subversive narratives were not the solution I sought to the dissonance between my expected and actual college experience.
But when the school holds a ceremony honoring the soldiers who killed her Arab brethren, she suffers clear cognitive dissonance.
But when she takes on the rock scene, she manages to catch all the sociological dissonance and subtle countermelodies.
The European rules create cognitive dissonance: Reality refuses to line up with their convictions.
To make the dissonance more striking, we place the passages in parallel columns.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
It was a tumult of harsh voices; but to Fabri in his happiness their various dissonance made sweet harmony.The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
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
dissonance to a musical ear is not more horrid than want of harmony between characters to the soul of sensibility.Leonora | Maria Edgeworth
He could but hope there might be some way of reconciling the terrible dissonance between Nature and Barbara's God!There and Back | George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for dissonance
a discordant combination of sounds
lack of agreement or consistency
a sensation commonly associated with all intervals of the second and seventh, all diminished and augmented intervals, and all chords based on these intervals: Compare consonance (def. 3)
an interval or chord of this kind
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