noun, plural cacophonies.
harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

1650–60; < Neo-Latin cacophonia < Greek kakophōnía. See caco-, -phony

cacophonic [kak-uh-fon-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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cacophony (kəˈkɒfənɪ)
n , pl -nies
1.  harsh discordant sound; dissonance
2.  the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from Gk. kakophonia, from kakophonos "harsh sounding," from kakos "bad, evil" (see caco-) + phone "voice" (see fame). Related: Cacophonous.
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Example sentences
The resulting cacophony is exhausting for the user, who must concentrate to
  isolate relevant input.
On such networks, conventional wiretaps will yield a cacophony of useless
  electronic noise.
When I blog on politics, on the other hand, there's a cacophony of voices.
Some worry that such changes will invite a cacophony of contentious discussion.
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