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[n. dis-kawrd; v. dis-kawrd] /n. ˈdɪs kɔrd; v. dɪsˈkɔrd/
lack of concord or harmony between persons or things:
marital discord.
disagreement; difference of opinion.
strife; dispute; war.
Music. an inharmonious combination of musical tones sounded together.
any confused or harsh noise; dissonance.
verb (used without object)
to disagree; be at variance.
Origin of discord
1200-50; (noun) Middle English descorde, discorde < Anglo-French; Old French descort (derivative of descorder), descorde < Latin discordia, derivative of discord- (stem of discors) discordant (dis- dis-1 + cord-, stem of cors heart); (v.) Middle English discorden < Anglo-French, Old French descorder < Latin discordāre derivative of discord-, as above
Related forms
undiscording, adjective
1–3. conflict, struggle, controversy, antagonism, argument, contention, quarreling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discord
  • Ranney's midlife crisis comes with the usual complement of familial discord.
  • These things only create discord and can only be deplored.
  • The book's more optimistic ending suggests that brotherly bonds are stronger than the daily discord.
  • The process may result in discord but is not created by it.
  • Interestingly, domestic bliss doesn't permeate the fantasy; the tale is wracked with drama and familial discord.
  • He's also haunted by the marital discord of his past, which is skillfully woven into the present story through flashbacks.
  • The national and regional leaders have met, in discord but in mutual respect .
  • But here, as often, there is transatlantic discord.
  • The exhibit is split into four categories: land, exploration, discord and possibilities.
  • The effects of instability and discord can be truly disorienting.
British Dictionary definitions for discord


noun (ˈdɪskɔːd)
lack of agreement of harmony; strife
harsh confused mingling of sounds
a combination of musical notes containing one or more dissonant intervals See dissonance (sense 3), concord (sense 4)
verb (dɪsˈkɔːd)
(intransitive) to disagree; clash
Word Origin
C13: from Old French descort, from descorder to disagree, from Latin discordāre, from discors at variance, from dis-1 + cor heart
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Word Origin and History for discord

early 13c., descorde, "unfriendly feeling, ill will;" also "dissention, strife," from Old French descorde (12c.) "disagreement," from Latin discordia, from discors (genitive discordis) "disagreeing, disagreement," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Musical sense is late 14c.


c.1300, from Old French discorder (13c.), from Latin discordare (see discord (n.)).

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