cacophony


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ca·coph·o·ny

 (kə-kŏf′ə-nē)
n. pl. ca·coph·o·nies
1. Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance: heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
2. The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.

[French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōniā, from kakophōnos, cacophonous; see cacophonous.]

cacophony

(kəˈkɒfənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. harsh discordant sound; dissonance
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language

ca•coph•o•ny

(kəˈkɒf ə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance.
2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds.
[1650–60; < New Latin < Greek]
cac•o•phon•ic (ˌkæk əˈfɒn ɪk) adj.

cacophony

1. a harshness of sound.
2. discordant noise. — cacophonic, cacophonous, adj.
See also: Sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cacophony - a loud harsh or strident noisecacophony - a loud harsh or strident noise  
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.cacophony - loud confusing disagreeable sounds
dissonance - disagreeable sounds

cacophony

noun discord, racket, din, dissonance, disharmony, stridency The whole place erupted in a cacophony of sound.
Translations
kakofonia
ふきょうわおん不協和音
kakofonie
cacófatocacofonia

cacophony

[kæˈkɒfənɪ] Ncacofonía f

cacophony

[kəˈkɒfəni] n [voices, sound] → cacophonie f

cacophony

nKakophonie f (geh), → Missklang m

cacophony

[kəˈkɒfənɪ] n (frm) → cacofonia
References in classic literature ?
He objected to Roscoe Sherriff's polluting this fair night with his cacophony.
If you missed it, it was an unrelenting cacophony that made you swear at the screen then hit the mute button (think Andy Gray in full flow).
Among the best of Golden and Kim's choices are two that play off musical ideas: Xaviera Simmons's Landscape: Playground (It Ain't Hard to Tell), 2005, in which looped audio and video from a squealing summertime water-gun battle seem to morph, through repeated listenings, from chaotic cacophony into richly musical rhythm; and the deeply affecting Winter in America, 2005, by Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi, which uses skillful writing and inventive cinematography to wring real drama from the cadre of modified GI Joe-style figures the directors use to enact the story of the 2000 murder of Thomas's cousin in a snowy Philadelphia parking lot.
What are the producers who sanction this cacophony of ear-aching noise possibly thinking of?
Unfortunately, viewers of BBC Wales will have been totally unaware of the cacophony of noise which accompanied the playing of the Russian national anthem as the sound engineers had filtered out this barbaric sound for viewers.
While San Franciscans, familiar with the tradition of anarchic spectacle groups such as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Cacophony Society, may be unfazed by Guerrilla Queer Bar's antics, conditions have been different for those trying to form "outposts" in other cities.
Their cacophony signals the hawk's soaring approach, which the crows attempt to thwart by attacking in sorties, three at a time, flapping and nipping.
Their teacher arrives to a cacophony of noise and movement until the music for their exercises starts.
So as to curb any latent tendencies to commercial cacophony that might compromise the restored architectural integrity of the viaduct, Berger has imposed a strict specification for the design of new shop fronts within the former railway arches.
Cut from the same mold as the Dreseden Dolls and the somewhat wilder Gogol Bordello, Amour Obsure's music is an interactive experience, one listeners can easily immerse themselves in, and with its cacophony of accordion, vocals, accordion, upright bass, trombone, mandolin, tenor banjo, percussion and gorgeous, smoky vocals, this is music very much worth soaking in.
Evolutionary biologist Clinton Francis said birds unaffected by noise succeed because common nest predator the western scrub-jay tends to steer clear of the cacophony.
Much of this video has been shown in multichannel installations like Dedication to Fernand Leger, 1987-95/2003, in which twenty-four hours of family video diaries that Mekas shot over nine years are shown on twelve monitors, two hours on each, the sound mixing into a not unpleasant cacophony. Installation opens the possibility of a different kind of social space for moving-image work, but one that is necessarily less meditative and less compatible with the subtle layering of time past and present that distinguished Mekas's films.