[n. dis-kawrd; v. dis-kawrd] /n. ˈdɪs kɔrd; v. dɪsˈkɔrd/
lack of concord or harmony between persons or things:
"marital discord."
disagreement; difference of opinion.
strife; dispute; war.
Music. an inharmonious combination of musical tones sounded together.
any confused or harsh noise; dissonance.
verb (used without object)
to disagree; be at variance.
1200–50; (noun) Middle English descorde, discorde < Anglo-French; Old French descort (derivative of descorder), descorde < Latin discordia, derivative of discord- (stem of discors) discordant (dis- dis-1 + cord-, stem of cors heart); (v.) Middle English discorden < Anglo-French, Old French descorder < Latin discordāre derivative of discord-, as above
Related forms
undiscording, adjective
1–3. conflict, struggle, controversy, antagonism, argument, contention, quarreling.
Example Sentences for discord
Ranney's midlife crisis comes with the usual complement of familial discord.
These things only create discord and can only be deplored.
The book's more optimistic ending suggests that brotherly bonds are stronger than the daily discord.
The process may result in discord but is not created by it.
Interestingly, domestic bliss doesn't permeate the fantasy; the tale is wracked with drama and familial discord.
He's also haunted by the marital discord of his past, which is skillfully woven into the present story through flashbacks.
The national and regional leaders have met, in discord but in mutual respect .
But here, as often, there is transatlantic discord.
The exhibit is split into four categories: land, exploration, discord and possibilities.
The effects of instability and discord can be truly disorienting.
British Dictionary definitions for discord
1.  lack of agreement of harmony; strife
2.  harsh confused mingling of sounds
3.  dissonance See concord a combination of musical notes containing one or more dissonant intervals
4.  (intr) to disagree; clash
[C13: from Old French descort, from descorder to disagree, from Latin discordāre, from discors at variance, from dis-1 + cor heart]

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Word Origin and History for discord
c.1230, from O.Fr. descorde "disagreement," from L. discordia, from discors (gen. discordis) "disagreeing, disagreement," from dis- "apart" + cor (gen. cordis) "heart" (see heart).
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