- 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.
Origin of dissonance
Related Words for dissonancedisparity, dissension, incongruity, discrepancy, discord, disharmony, contention, antagonism, controversy, strife, inconsistency, variance, difference, conflict, dissidence, harshness, jangle, cacophony, disaccord, jarring
Examples from the Web for dissonance
Contemporary Examples of dissonance
These subversive narratives were not the solution I sought to the dissonance between my expected and actual college experience.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
The darkness and dissonance of these tightly constructed tales reflect something of the political turbulence of Soviet Russia.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013
There was no camp, kitsch, or dissonance to his pure love of Michael Jackson.The Men in the Mirror
October 14, 2009
Historical Examples of dissonance
The dissonance is at its highest, yet the hour has struck for the lift of harmony.
There is dissonance from chaos; the song clears as the order begins.
The dissonance between her feelings and her actions troubled her no whit.Captain Desmond, V.C.
A "Meditation" is bleak, with a strong, free use of dissonance.Contemporary American Composers
They concentrated, tuned, turned their thoughts against the dissonance.Captives of the Flame
Samuel R. Delany
- 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 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.