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cacophonous

[kuh-kof-uh-nuh s] /kəˈkɒf ə nəs/
adjective
1.
having a harsh or discordant sound.
Origin of cacophonous
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Greek kakóphōnos. See caco-, -phone, -ous
Related forms
cacophonously, adverb
uncacophonous, adjective
Synonyms
dissonant, strident, grating, raucous.
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  • Mr. Landon Ronald expressed sympathy with musicians who were handicapped by cacophonous or undignified names.

  • She had a black eye which the cacophonous fiend had probably given her, and she grinned like a happy child of nature.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • Through the halls resounded the cacophonous clangour of a cracked gong announcing dinner.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • Yet again, he talks vaguely of the intricate polyphony of a cosmic orchestra, cacophonous to our dull ears.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • In Orocué they always began their cacophonous serenade at nightfall, and kept it up uninterruptedly until the following morning.

British Dictionary definitions for cacophonous

cacophonous

/kəˈkɒfənəs/
adjective
1.
jarring in sound; discordant; harsh
Derived Forms
cacophonously, cacophonically, adverb
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