What does dissonant mean?

dissonant meaning in General Dictionary

Sounding harshly discordant unharmonious

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  • described as music dissonance; harmonically unresolved
  • with a lack of equilibrium
  • perhaps not in agreement
  • Sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious.
  • Disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to.

dissonant meaning in Urban Dictionary

discordant or a harsh and inharmonious soundA dis-harmonic note of music that seems uncomfortable

dissonant meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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

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dissonant meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious.

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  • (a.) Disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to.

Sentence Examples with the word dissonant

During his residence in Wales a hyper-Calvinistic work entitled A Body of Divinity; or the Sum and Substance of the Christian Religion, was published under his name by John Downham; and, although he repudiated the authorship in a letter to the editor, stating that the manuscript from which it was printed was merely a commonplace-book into which he had transcribed the opinions of Cartwright and other English divines, often disapproving of them and finding them dissonant from his own judgment, yet it has been persistently cited ever since as Usher's genuine work, and as lending his authority to positions which he had long abandoned, if he ever maintained them.

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