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cacophony

[kuh-kof-uh-nee] /kəˈkɒf ə ni/
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 of cacophony
1650-1660
1650-60; < New Latin cacophonia < Greek kakophōnía. See caco-, -phony
Related forms
cacophonic
[kak-uh-fon-ik] /ˌkæk əˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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cacophony

/kəˈkɒfənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
harsh discordant sound; dissonance
2.
the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language
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Word Origin and History for cacophony
n.

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

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