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discord -- as in: discordant music
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as in: discordant music Define
unpleasant sound -- especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
  • She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
  • She heard the discordant clanging of pots in the kitchen.
  • Each sang stridently, with passion, with vehemence, as if to let the song burst out of it, no matter if it shattered the song of another bird with harsh discord.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The voices of Edna’s disbanding guests jarred like a discordant note upon the quiet harmony of the night.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening

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  • Once I could have enjoyed it and seen nothing out of the way about it, but now its note was discordant.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • the nervous twanging and discord of untuned violins
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • ...a discordant ensemble of sirens intruded upon the general din of the Iranian street scene.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I learned to play only the most ear-splitting preludes, the most discordant hymns.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • the screams and bangs and all the discordant sounds of the battle
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Their voices were horribly shrill and discordant.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray

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  • a bad smell or a discordant sound;
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • diverse discordant sounds of disorder
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • To show himself independent of me, he would start and stagger through with his hymn in the most discordant manner.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
    Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • ...the bats’ discordant concerts of squeaking and chattering.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • the hideous and discordant din that resounded from every corner of the market
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It struck a shrill, discordant note.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • However, as they had left their cars blocking the road, a harsh, discordant din from those in the rear had been audible for some time, and added to the already violent confusion of the scene.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • ...adding their discordant national anthems to the racket.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • ventured again to open his discordant throat
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • After that the only sound was the discordant music of the dwarves honing their blades.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The window went up, a maid-servant’s discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr’s remains!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I shivered violently, and shouted again—rather discordantly.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • if every letter were a musical note and any words spoken without love were a discord in the melody.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Somebody blew a discordant bugle.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • At length the jays arrive, whose discordant screams were heard long before,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • the musical riches of the epoch were displayed in a magnificent discord.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Private Carr, Private Compton and Cissy Caffrey pass beneath the windows, singing in discord.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But, her repetition of these words seemed to strike with some little discord on his ear.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • raising their voices in a discordant melody
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • A discordant chanting began.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • ...he felt inclined to make the piano shriek in utter discord.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The stream hummed a song, seemingly musical at times, and then discordant and dull,
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • a strange and discordant sound
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • there was a discordant blast
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • His thoughts were shattered by the sound of a distant horn—a discordant note that wrenched him from his reverie.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Aunt Mill faltered and subsided, leaving a cracked high note bleeding on the air. Sheb struck a discord and halted.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • ...harp out of his pocket and began to extract doleful discords from it,
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • ...the crack of  Winchesters had the discordance of a nightmare.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • discordant laugh
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • discordant music
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The sound was harsh, a discordant clanging that caused Madam Petra to rise again from her chair and walk to a window along the southern wall.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Discordant bells clanged...
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • To keep our morale up, we sang with discordant enthusiasm.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • As she rocked her little ones, the mother hummed in a discordant voice...
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • a discordant melody
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Then she hastily blundered into the opening bars of "Jacket of Gray" and stopped with a discord as she remembered how heartrending that selection was too.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • he made a deep rumbling noise like a discord on a great organ
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • discordant sounds
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It clattered as the board lit up with incoming calls that made no connections, answered only with discordant hums.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
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as in: discord amongst the group Define
conflict or disagreement -- especially among those expected to cooperate or (especially in the form "discordant"): seeming different or wrong along with everything else
as in: discordant music Define
unpleasant sound -- especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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