consonancy

consonance

[kon-suh-nuhns]
noun
1.
accord or agreement.
2.
correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds.
3.
Music. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose. Compare dissonance ( def 2 ). See illus. under resolution.
4.
Prosody.
a.
the correspondence of consonants, especially those at the end of a word, in a passage of prose or verse. Compare alliteration ( def 1 ).
b.
the use of the repetition of consonants or consonant patterns as a rhyming device.
5.
Physics. the property of two sounds the frequencies of which have a ratio equal to a small whole number.
Also, consonancy.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin consonantia concord. See consonant, -ance

nonconsonance, noun


1. concord, harmony, correspondence.


1. dissonance.
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consonance or consonancy (ˈkɒnsənəns)
 
n , pl -nances, -nancies
1.  agreement, harmony, or accord
2.  prosody Compare assonance similarity between consonants, but not between vowels, as between the s and t sounds in sweet silent thought
3.  music
 a.  Compare dissonance an aesthetically pleasing sensation or perception associated with the interval of the octave, the perfect fourth and fifth, the major and minor third and sixth, and chords based on these intervals
 b.  an interval or chord producing this sensation
 
consonancy or consonancy
 
n

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consonance
1580s, from Fr. consonance (14c.), from L. consonantia "harmony, agreement," from consonare "to sound together" (see consonant). Used earlier in a fig. sense of "agreement among persons" (c.1430).
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