dissonant(redirected from Consonance and dissonance)
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1. Harsh and inharmonious in sound; discordant.
2. Being at variance; disagreeing.
3. Music Constituting or producing a dissonance.
[Middle English dissonaunt, from Old French dissonant, from Latin dissonāns, dissonant-, present participle of dissonāre, to be dissonant : dis-, apart; see dis- + sonāre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.]
1. discordant; cacophonous
2. incongruous or discrepant
3. (Music, other) music characterized by dissonance
[C15: from Latin dissonāre to be discordant, from dis-1 + sonāre to sound]
dis•so•nant(ˈdɪs ə nənt)
1. disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
2. disagreeing or incongruous; at variance.
3. harmonically unresolved.
[1400–50; late Middle English dissonaunte (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissonant-, s. of dissonāns, present participle of dissonāre to sound harsh]
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|Adj.||1.||dissonant - characterized by musical dissonance; harmonically unresolved|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
|2.||dissonant - lacking in harmony|
|3.||dissonant - not in accord; "desires at variance with his duty"; "widely discrepant statements"|
discordant - not in agreement or harmony; "views discordant with present-day ideas"
1. Characterized by unpleasant discordance of sound: