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euphony

[yoo-fuh-nee] /ˈyu fə ni/
noun, plural euphonies.
1.
agreeableness of sound; pleasing effect to the ear, especially a pleasant sounding or harmonious combination or succession of words:
the majestic euphony of Milton's poetry.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin euphōnia < Greek euphōnía. See eu-, -phony
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Examples for euphony
  • He and his speechwriters deserve credit for using the accident of euphony to give the argument cohesiveness and force.
  • Avoid the possessive unless its omission destroys the euphony of the name or changes its descriptive application.
British Dictionary definitions for euphony

euphony

/ˈjuːfənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
the alteration of speech sounds, esp by assimilation, so as to make them easier to pronounce
2.
a pleasing sound, esp in speech
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin euphōnia, from Greek, from eu- + phōnē voice
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Word Origin and History for euphony
euphony
1590s (as euphonia), from Gk. euphonia, from euphonos "well-sounding," from eu- "good" + phone "sound, voice," related to phanai "speak" (see fame). Hence, euphonium (1865), the musical instrument. Related: Euphonic; euphonious.
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Encyclopedia Article for euphony

sound patterns used in verse to achieve opposite effects: euphony is pleasing and harmonious; cacophony is harsh and discordant. Euphony is achieved through the use of vowel sounds in words of generally serene imagery. Vowel sounds, which are more easily pronounced than consonants, are more euphonious; the longer vowels are the most melodious. Liquid and nasal consonants and the semivowel sounds (l, m, n, r, y, w) are also considered to be euphonious. An example may be seen in "The Lotos-Eaters" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: "The mild-eyed melancholy Lotos-eaters came." Cacophony, the opposite of euphony, is usually produced by combinations of words that require a staccato, explosive delivery. Inadvertent cacophony is a mark of a defective style. Used skillfully for a specific effect, however, it vitalizes the content of the imagery. A line in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" illustrates cacophony: With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,Agape they heard me call

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