Cacophonic

cacophony

[kuh-kof-uh-nee]
noun, plural cacophonies.
1.
harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
2.
a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
3.
Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

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

cacophonic [kak-uh-fon-ik] , adjective
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cacophonous or cacophonic (kəˈkɒfənəs, ˌkækəˈfɒnɪk)
 
adj
jarring in sound; discordant; harsh
 
cacophonic or cacophonic
 
adj
 
cacophonously or cacophonic
 
adv
 
cacophonically or cacophonic
 
adv

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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cacophony
1650s, from Gk. kakophonia, from kakophonos "harsh sounding," from kakos "bad, evil" (see caco-) + phone "voice" (see fame). Related: Cacophonous.
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