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harmonious

[hahr-moh-nee-uhs]
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adjective
  1. marked by agreement in feeling, attitude, or action: a harmonious group.
  2. forming a pleasingly consistent whole; congruous: harmonious colors.
  3. pleasant to the ear; tuneful; melodious.
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Origin of harmonious

First recorded in 1520–30, harmonious is from the Greek word harmónios melodious, literally, fitting. See harmony, -ous
Related formshar·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbhar·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounnon·har·mo·ni·ous, adjectivenon·har·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbnon·har·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounpre·har·mo·ni·ous, adjectivepre·har·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbpre·har·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounun·har·mo·ni·ous, adjectiveun·har·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverb

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Antonyms

1, 3. discordant.
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  • Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • The other, and even more popular, legend is that of "The Harmonious Blacksmith."

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • Put what is wrong right, and what is in you will show itself in harmonious behaviour.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • His enumeration of a comparison with other lakes is at once harmonious and poetic.

  • The trumpet marine is an instrument that pleases me and it's harmonious.


British Dictionary definitions for harmonious

harmonious

adjective
  1. (esp of colours or sounds) fitting together well
  2. having agreement or consensus
  3. tuneful, consonant, or melodious
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Derived Formsharmoniously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for harmonious

adj.

1540s, in music, from French harmonieux (14c.), from harmonie (see harmony). In nonmusical use from 1630s. Related: Harmoniously; harmoniousness.

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