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dissonant

[dis-uh-nuh nt] /ˈdɪs ə nənt/
adjective
1.
disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
2.
out of harmony; incongruous; at variance.
3.
Music. characterized by dissonance.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English dissonaunte (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissonant- (stem of dissonāns, present participle of dissonāre to sound harsh), equivalent to disson- (derivative of dissonus discordant; see dis-1, sound) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
dissonantly, adverb
undissonant, adjective
undissonantly, adverb
Synonyms
2. incompatible, incongruent, inconsistent.
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British Dictionary definitions for dissonantly

dissonant

/ˈdɪsənənt/
adjective
1.
discordant; cacophonous
2.
incongruous or discrepant
3.
(music) characterized by dissonance
Derived Forms
dissonantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dissonāre to be discordant, from dis-1 + sonāre to sound
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Word Origin and History for dissonantly

dissonant

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French dissonant and directly from Latin dissonantem (nominative dissonans), present participle of dissonare "differ in sound," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata).

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