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[hahr-moh-nee-uh s] /hɑrˈmoʊ ni əs/
marked by agreement in feeling, attitude, or action:
a harmonious group.
forming a pleasingly consistent whole; congruous:
harmonious colors.
pleasant to the ear; tuneful; melodious.
Origin of harmonious
1520-30; < Greek harmónios melodious, literally, fitting. See harmony, -ous
Related forms
harmoniously, adverb
harmoniousness, noun
nonharmonious, adjective
nonharmoniously, adverb
nonharmoniousness, noun
preharmonious, adjective
preharmoniously, adverb
preharmoniousness, noun
unharmonious, adjective
unharmoniously, adverb
1. amicable, congenial; sympathetic. 2. concordant, congruent, consonant, consistent.
1, 3. discordant. Unabridged
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  • And still others are pioneering new ways of thinking about how to live more harmoniously with nature.
  • People and tigers have never coexisted harmoniously.
  • They are working together for the first time in history, not always harmoniously but continuously.
  • It is with rare exception that the two camps have harmoniously co-existed.
  • Must also possess leadership and supervisory ability and a willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnel.
  • Often, there are designs or enhancements that will allow the project to fit more harmoniously into the existing community.
  • Others have argued that labor and capital share mutual goals and can learn to work together harmoniously.
  • University related uses and facilities fit harmoniously within the neighborhood and enhance community character.
  • Must be customer focused with the ability to work harmoniously with staff and the public.
  • Residential, agricultural and commercial life coexist harmoniously in the township.
British Dictionary definitions for harmoniously


(esp of colours or sounds) fitting together well
having agreement or consensus
tuneful, consonant, or melodious
Derived Forms
harmoniously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for harmoniously



1540s, in music, from French harmonieux (14c.), from harmonie (see harmony). In nonmusical use from 1630s. Related: Harmoniously; harmoniousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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