dissonance


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dis·so·nance

 (dĭs′ə-nəns)
n.
1. A harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds; discord.
2. Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict: "In Vietnam, reality fell away and dissonance between claim and fact filled the void" (Michael Janeway).
3. Music A combination of tones contextually considered to suggest unrelieved tension and require resolution.

dissonance

(ˈdɪsənəns) or

dissonancy

n
1. a discordant combination of sounds
2. lack of agreement or consistency
3. (Music, other) music
a. a sensation commonly associated with all intervals of the second and seventh, all diminished and augmented intervals, and all chords based on these intervals. Compare consonance3
b. an interval or chord of this kind

dis•so•nance

(ˈdɪs ə nəns)

n.
1. inharmonious or harsh sound; discord; cacophony.
2. an unresolved, discordant musical chord or interval.
3. lack of harmony or agreement; incongruity.
[1565–75; < Late Latin dissonantia=dissonant- (see dissonant) + -ia -ia; see -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissonance - a conflict of people's opinions or actions or charactersdissonance - a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
conflict - a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
disunity - lack of unity (usually resulting from dissension)
divide - a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
2.dissonance - the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience; "modern music is just noise to me"
auditory sensation, sound - the subjective sensation of hearing something; "he strained to hear the faint sounds"
3.dissonance - disagreeable sounds
sound property - an attribute of sound
discordance, discord - a harsh mixture of sounds
disharmony, inharmoniousness - a lack of harmony
cacophony - loud confusing disagreeable sounds
harmony - an agreeable sound property

dissonance

noun
1. disagreement, variance, discord, dissension Bring harmony out of dissonance.

dissonance

noun
Translations
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dissonance

[ˈdɪsənəns] Ndisonancia f

dissonance

[ˈdɪsənəns] n
(= friction, clash) → discordance f
(MUSIC)dissonance f

dissonance

n (Mus, fig) → Dissonanz f

dissonance

[ˈdɪsənəns] n (frm) → dissonanza
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The smooth manner of the spy, curiously in dissonance with his ostentatiously rough dress, and probably with his usual demeanour, received such a check from the inscrutability of Carton,--who was a mystery to wiser and honester men than he,--that it faltered here and failed him.
But drive farr off the barbarous dissonance Of BACCHUS and his Revellers, the Race Of that wilde Rout that tore the THRACIAN Bard In RHODOPE, where Woods and Rocks had Eares To rapture, till the savage clamor dround Both Harp and Voice; nor could the Muse defend Her Son.
Maddening church bells of all degrees of dissonance, sharp and flat, cracked and clear, fast and slow, made the brick-and-mortar echoes hideous.
They opened with Mozart's Dissonance Quartet K465 which gets its name from the tense harmonic ambiguities of its slow introduction.
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He added that there are some dissonance voices calling for establishing armed militias.
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