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[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.
Origin of discord
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. Unabridged
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  • "Let us cast this firebrand of discord far from us," they exclaimed.

  • And therefore has neither more nor less of discord, nor yet of harmony?

    Phaedo Plato
  • Our sense of harmony and discord is too fine; we have bad spleens; and we lack fortitude.

    Father Brighthopes John Townsend Trowbridge
  • At any other time the sound of his name would have made a discord for her.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The following two years of the governorship of D. Martinez were turbulent with the discord of rivals and their factions.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for discord


noun (ˈdɪskɔːd)
lack of agreement of harmony; strife
harsh confused mingling of sounds
a combination of musical notes containing one or more dissonant intervals See dissonance (sense 3), concord (sense 4)
verb (dɪsˈkɔːd)
(intransitive) to disagree; clash
Word Origin
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

early 13c., descorde, "unfriendly feeling, ill will;" also "dissention, strife," from Old French descorde (12c.) "disagreement," from Latin discordia, from discors (genitive discordis) "disagreeing, disagreement," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Musical sense is late 14c.


c.1300, from Old French discorder (13c.), from Latin discordare (see discord (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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