Origin of dissonant
OTHER WORDS FROM dissonantdis·so·nant·ly, adverbun·dis·so·nant, adjectiveun·dis·so·nant·ly, adverb
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What does dissonant mean?
Dissonant is an adjective used to describe noise that’s harsh and inharmonious.
It’s also used to describe things that are in stark disagreement or that lack consistency.
In the context of music, dissonant is used to describe a combination of sounds thought to be inharmonious (often ones intentionally composed to be so). Such a combination (or a chord or interval that features such disharmony) is called dissonance.
In psychology, the term cognitive dissonance refers to the unease a person feels when they have two or more contradictory or incompatible beliefs. Such thoughts can be described as dissonant.
Example: Leaders in both factions of the party promised harmony, but so far there has been nothing but dissonant rhetoric.
Where does dissonant come from?
The first records of the word dissonant come from the 1500s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb dissonāre, meaning “to sound harsh,” from dissonus, meaning “discordant.”
The word dissonant is used in several different contexts, including music, psychology, cultural studies, and poetry. In all cases, it indicates disagreement or discord between different elements. In music, dissonant often describes modern compositions that produce a jarring effect that’s the opposite of harmony. In poetry, dissonant is used to describe poems or lines that use words intended to create a jarring effect, much like in music. This is called dissonance, and it’s the intentional avoidance of assonance—the repetition of the same vowel sounds in different words to create what’s called a vowel rhyme.
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What are some other forms of dissonant?
- dissonantly (adverb)
- undissonant (adjective)
- undissonantly (adverb)
- dissonance (noun)
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How is dissonant used in real life?
The word dissonant is used in several different specific contexts. It’s also commonly used in a general way.
ok i figured out why i feel this way. it's bc the 2nd chorus is cut short to lead into the bridge, which is both long and made up of multiple dissonant parts so you can't really tell when it ends. anyway i decided i like punch now
— monopoli (@_monopolizers) May 20, 2020
sometimes i have two very dissonant thoughts so i have to tweet them both out within the same minute of each other
— mayor way down, saixtown (@saixbosom) April 23, 2019
Why do we prefer #consonant to #dissonant sounds? After testing #budgies 🦜, it doesn't seem to have to do with our ability to vocally learn, but may have to do with the importance of #harmonics in our vocalizations. 🎶 Check out our open access article: https://t.co/aFESUhYwDf
— Marisa Hoeschele (@MarisaHoeschele) June 23, 2020
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How to use dissonant in a sentence
In fact, no category is stranger or more dissonant with how America consumed entertainment during our pandemic year than Television Movie.Forget the Individual Snubs. The 2021 Emmy Nominations Reveal a Fundamentally Broken Institution|Judy Berman|July 13, 2021|Time
This is yet another season that brings a dissonant clash of hope and fear, chaos and progress.Be Bold, Be Proud, Speak Up: Raising Asian American Daughters Now|Susanna Schrobsdorff|March 21, 2021|Time
Neuroscientists still don’t completely understand how this system works, but they think it connects dissonant parts of our brains, which can help us find meaning in our chaotic lives.
An axe shows up in the third act, but The Shining is referenced throughout, especially through Kris Bowers’ shrieking, dissonant score.Justin Simien talks ‘Bad Hair,’ following his genre obsessions, and getting ‘free as hell’ in ’80s horror satire|Isaac Feldberg|October 22, 2020|Fortune
Such was the case for 2011’s Crack Up, the band’s first album in six years, in which band leader Robin Pecknold introduced dark, dissonant elements to the bands’ previously pleasant, uplifting sound.
Who became an accomplished concert pianist before she tuned her ear to the more dissonant chords of international relations.My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail|P. J. O’Rourke|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was something more than harsh and dissonant, and it betrayed no lack of skill.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dissonant music that might otherwise be found in a Kubrick film portend to the worst.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film|Jimmy So|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Benedict has made nice to Muslims since that dissonant Islam speech, praying at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul in 2006.
It produced comparatively little foundation tone and a powerful chord of harmonics, many of them dissonant.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
No Russian, whose dissonant, consonant name Almost rattles to fragments the trumpet of fame?Postscript.Newton Forster|Captain Frederick Marryat
Christmas, too, closed, and the steeples no longer jangled forth a dissonant peal.Peveril of the Peak|Sir Walter Scott
Practise dissonant chords until they please the ear in spite of their sharpness.Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower
It was followed by shouts of dissonant laughter, unlike the cheering sounds of human mirth.Discipline|Mary Brunton