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

  • Their music is for the most part religious, inharmonious, and unmelodious.

  • At all events it was rhyme, and the lines were of the same length and not inharmonious.

    Digby Heathcote W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was all so grotesque, so empty, so play-actor-like—so inharmonious with Death!

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • His figures are clumsy and brutal and inharmonious in colour, but his landscapes have the merit of a robust simplicity of vision.

  • The connection is often abrupt and inharmonious, and far from clear.

    Philebus Plato
  • The contrast between the majestic, imperial plan of Napoleon and the petty, inharmonious scheme of Prussia is incredible.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Who will mate them, and re-arrange their inharmonious combinings?

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • One, mounted higher than the rest, acts either as the leader of the inharmonious chorus, or does the duty of sentinel.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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