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  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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1, 3. discordant.
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Examples from the Web for unharmonious

Historical Examples

  • It is the sharp, uncouth, or unharmonious clashing of heterogeneous consonants which strikes the ear painfully.

    Life of Chopin

    Franz Liszt

  • It is only an unharmonious combination of dissimilar consonants that offends a refined ear.

  • Neither Gray, nor Johnson, nor Goldsmith were ever reconciled to what the last of them styles "this unharmonious measure."

  • And never have I heard those musical bells jingle one harsh or unharmonious sound.

  • The attention of ancient Rome is always directed upon the puzzling, sphinx-like, unharmonious qualities in woman.

British Dictionary definitions for unharmonious


  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 unharmonious



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

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