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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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  • Throughout his life, Froebel felt with keen pain all that was discordant or inharmonious in human society.

  • For once, the music of her voice was lost in a discordant cry of detestation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • After a keen glance he suddenly broke into a peal of discordant laughter, which died away into a savage and menacing growl.

    The Bishop's Secret Fergus Hume
  • Even the discordant shriek of the steam-whistle has been superseded in Freeland.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • No hypothesis as to the cause of the evil can be entertained, which is discordant with them.

  • Some one was singing the "Carmagnole" in drunken, discordant tones.

  • The very sky seemed full of the discordant tumult; wood and shore reverberated with the volume of convulsive and dissonant baying.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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