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[kuh-kof-uh-nuh s] /kəˈkɒf ə nəs/
having a harsh or discordant sound.
Origin of cacophonous
1790-1800; < Greek kakóphōnos. See caco-, -phone, -ous
Related forms
cacophonously, adverb
uncacophonous, adjective
dissonant, strident, grating, raucous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cacophonous
  • The screechy sounds of a soprano, not at her best, complete the irony of cacophonous combat.
  • Unfortunately the healthcare debate is complex, chaotic and cacophonous.
  • It needs to be noticed in the cacophonous crowd of kids' programs that exists today.
  • Twitter has been cacophonous with the cries of the offended.
  • But this cacophonous and wounded place has not lost its tolerance.
  • Another challenge is making its products stand out in the cacophonous atmosphere of stores' cosmetic departments.
  • It is a place of gritty street crime and family conflicts, mambo clubs and cacophonous markets, soaring culture and shared dreams.
  • Their designs are not primitive so much as calming, an antidote to this dusty, cacophonous city.
British Dictionary definitions for cacophonous


jarring in sound; discordant; harsh
Derived Forms
cacophonously, cacophonically, adverb
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