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[dis-kawr-dnt] /dɪsˈkɔr dnt/
being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous:
discordant opinions.
disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh.
Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable.
Origin of discordant
1250-1300; Middle English discordaunt < Anglo-French < Latin discordant- (stem of discordāns), present participle of discordāre. See discord, -ant
Related forms
discordantly, adverb
nondiscordant, adjective
undiscordant, adjective
undiscordantly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discordant
  • If a song ends in one key and the next song starts in a discordant key, it psychologically jars the audience.
  • But these two discordant personalities did make their peace.
  • But a minister can be ruined in his calling by a discordant spouse.
  • Wilson smiled after a discordant week.
  • It was a huge assembly of discordant elements.
  • But these days, the symphony has dwindled to a few discordant notes.
  • If research was music, it was either a dirge or a modern cacophony of discordant simulations.
  • The only discordant note in the entire house, it seemed, was the occupant herself.
  • But the existence of such a place has never been discordant with the revolution.
  • The discordant moralism of indulging wealthy tyrant's daughters continues to roil the culture industry.
British Dictionary definitions for discordant


at variance; disagreeing
harsh in sound; inharmonious
Derived Forms
discordantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discordant

late 14c., discordaunt, from Old French descordant, present participle of descorder (see discord (n.)). Related: Discordantly.

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