[in-hahr-moh-nee-uh s]


not harmonious; discordant; unmelodious.
not congenial or compatible; discordant; disagreeing: It was unpleasant to spend an evening with such an inharmonious group.

Origin of inharmonious

First recorded in 1705–15; in-3 + harmonious
Related formsin·har·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbin·har·mo·ni·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inharmonious

dissonant, incongruous

Examples from the Web for inharmonious

Contemporary Examples of inharmonious

Historical Examples of inharmonious

  • And once more, the inharmonious and unseemly nature can only tend to disproportion?

  • The connection is often abrupt and inharmonious, and far from clear.

  • How inharmonious a setting, then, for Dr. Sevier, was 3½ Carondelet street!

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • Their music is for the most part religious, inharmonious, and unmelodious.

  • It was all so grotesque, so empty, so play-actor-like—so inharmonious with Death!

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

British Dictionary definitions for inharmonious



Also: inharmonic (ˌɪnhɑːˈmɒnɪk) lacking harmony; discordant
lacking accord or agreement
Derived Formsinharmoniously, adverbinharmoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inharmonious

1711, from in- (1) "not" + harmonious. Related: Inharmoniously.

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