[ dis-uh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈdɪs ə nənt /


disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
out of harmony; incongruous; at variance.
Music. characterized by dissonance.

Origin of dissonant

1400–50; late Middle English dissonaunte (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissonant- (stem of dissonāns, present participle of dissonāre to sound harsh), equivalent to disson- (derivative of dissonus discordant; see dis-1, sound1) + -ant- -ant
Related formsdis·so·nant·ly, adverbun·dis·so·nant, adjectiveun·dis·so·nant·ly, adverb
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/ (ˈdɪsənənt) /


discordant; cacophonous
incongruous or discrepant
music characterized by dissonance
Derived Formsdissonantly, adverb

Word Origin for dissonant

C15: from Latin dissonāre to be discordant, from dis- 1 + sonāre to sound
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