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[in-hahr-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌɪn hɑrˈmoʊ ni əs/
not harmonious; discordant; unmelodious.
not congenial or compatible; discordant; disagreeing:
It was unpleasant to spend an evening with such an inharmonious group.
Origin of inharmonious
1705-15; in-3 + harmonious
Related forms
inharmoniously, adverb
inharmoniousness, noun Unabridged
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  • But here again, to those who have ears that care to hear, the effect is not finally inharmonious.
  • It does not appear so rich as the smaller church, but boasts of a little organ, which sent forth singularly inharmonious cries.
  • To her imagination the term had always suggested something grotesque and inharmonious.
  • inharmonious land uses in the neighborhood must be identified.
  • It is a restless and inharmonious activity in which the willing ego is split two or more times and pulled in different directions.
  • The appraiser must identify all inharmonious land uses in a neighborhood that affect value.
  • Their locations should be protected from intrusion by residential and other inharmonious uses.
  • The groans and the squeals of that inharmonious and bedeviled box were all its lullaby.
British Dictionary definitions for inharmonious


Also inharmonic (ˌɪnhɑːˈmɒnɪk). lacking harmony; discordant
lacking accord or agreement
Derived Forms
inharmoniously, adverb
inharmoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inharmonious

1711, from in- (1) "not" + harmonious. Related: Inharmoniously.

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