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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
  • There is too much discord in the team.
  • There is too much discord in their home.

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  • My soul is full of discord and dismay.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • They attempted to inflame Shi’ah-Sunni discord.
  • we can envision ... psychological operations to sow distrust and discord among the terrorists and their supporters.
    Mackubin Thomas Owens  --  Same Old Questions  -- 06/29/06)
  • Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.
    Sallust (86-34 BC, Roman historian)
  • ...he was always pondering in his mind how the family discord could be ended.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The auditorium vibrates with discord. Every combination of argument is going full tilt.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • We have remained close, however, and have even glimpsed islands of agreement as we navigate the rapids of discord.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II

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  • discord is fundamental to the creation of new intensities of feeling.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The only visible wisp of discord was the broken glass in the windows of Jewish businesses.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • This was the cause of constant discord
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Particular rules seem at first discordant, but looking more closely we see in general that they resemble each other;
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The entire business had taken an hour and twenty minutes, only one discordant note intruding on the smooth proceedings.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • It sounded cold, almost hostile. Apparently hoping to counteract the discordant note, the editor said, ...
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • And I, for winking at your discords too,
    Have lost a brace of kinsmen:
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • How shall we find the concord of this discord?
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • It would be too painful to me to think that I might be a cause of sorrow or discord in the family that has been so good to me...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ...and involving her in a new tumult of discord and distress.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • an outburst of the most hideous and discordant noises.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Beneath this apparent discord there is a great and a profound thing,
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Eragon frowned; a note of discord had entered the minds he was monitoring.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • his love for sowing dissensions and scattering discord everywhere
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • My soul is full of discord and dismay.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • There was a discordant hum of human voices!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • But then discord crept among us
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • disdain, and discord, shall bestrew the union of your bed
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • it leads to a discord, and that leads to trouble.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • ...tell me the reason why such great discord has assailed it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Jealousy, discord, and fury, dwell in the convent.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • I, for my own part, cannot think that these latter days of weak experiment, fragmentary theory, and mutual discord are indeed man’s culminating time!
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • I didn’t want to be a source of familial discord when they were already arguing.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason;
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • it would produce a discord in Nature
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • would create such discord as might break up the company.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • ...trying to attach some meaning to them not discordant with his own views;
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky. ... The apple of discord was...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • should discord grow
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • The walls of the rooms were discordantly papered.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • discord in the spheres
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Long had the smouldering fire of discord glowed between the tyrant father and his savage son...
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • by prevention of discord at home
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • There was always this feeling of jangle and discord in the Leivers family.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The enmity and discord which of late
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • made no discord with the rest of the scene
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • ...was a source of discord between himself and his parishioners,
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • —to observe where they met, and where they separated, at what point they were in unison, and at what point they were at discord,
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The clash of discord between mood and matter here was forced painfully home to the heart;
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • the first discord there succeeded nothing but new ones.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
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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.

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  • 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
  • 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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  • Instead, they would suffer from discord, jealousy, and mutual injuries.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It arose from discordant beliefs about the nature and purpose of architecture.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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  • If they could sow discord between him and his followers, it could only help their cause.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Cersei had learned suspicion at her father’s knee; this could well be some trap, a lie meant to sow discord between the lion and the rose.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Like Evan Walker, discordant, illogical, and just damn strange.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • I held the two separate beliefs loosely in my mind and let their singing discord lull me into senselessness.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • They are a contentious race, in constant discord with one another, and when they have civil wars Earth’s surface is thrown off-kilter.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • I was a discord in Gateshead Hall: I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was at this time that the discord between Dmitri and his father seemed at its acutest stage and their relations had become insufferably strained.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Let the heart swell into what discord it will, thus plays the rippling water on the prow of the ferry-boat ever the same tune.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit

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  • I tried to accept the gift as graciously as possible, but the evening ended on a discordant note.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • This terror came in from the shrieking of the tree and the anguish of the home discord.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • She should have descended to a burst of drums or a discordant blend of themes from "Thais" and "Carmen."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • If it had not been so discordant, it might have sounded like an uglier version of the constant music I’d heard and sung on the Singing World.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • *contention, discord All full of chirking* was that sorry place.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Eighth Circle: ninth pit: Sowers of discord and schism.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • At bed-time, his mind seemed strangely calm, reposed without being resolved, inert after long discord.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Heavy bass notes /bllowed by harsh discords.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Before he could utter a single word, a frenzy of low chanting erupted behind him, the overlapping voices forming a discordant and unsettling melody.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • The suggestion prompted an exchange of glances between Cecilia and her brother, and thus their discord was resolved.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • But that period has passed, and with it let its prejudices and its passions, its discords and its denunciations, pass away too.
    John O’Sullivan  --  Annexation (Texas)
  • Ill betide those foul birds that delight to file their own nest, and disgust the ear with perpetual discord of ill-omened croak.
    John O’Sullivan  --  Annexation (Texas)
  • Meanwhile, for all the gloom and discord at the State House, Congresswas making decisions.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The English Government was not dissatisfied with an emigration which removed the elements of fresh discord and of further revolutions.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • They met twice to discuss it, but could not settle the matter; the Evil One sowed discord among them, and they could not agree.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  How Much Land Does a Man Need?
  • The discord of their long separation must be resolved into the harmony-in the Greek sense of the word, a joining or putting together-of their marriage.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 20 Some people are trying to lull asleep our fears that if the States disunite, there will be discord and hostility.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • As she entered the lobby a clicking of pool balls and the discordant rasp of a phonograph assailed her ears.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • In the midst of the profound peace and general comfort which reign in America the commotions of municipal discord are unfrequent.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • From discord, from hatred (I despise dabblers in imagery—I resent the power of Percival intensely) my shattered mind is pieced together by some sudden perception.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • To nourish discord and disorder, Rome suggested members leave the league; Rome appealed to their pride, saying the league violated their sovereignty.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • If thou wilt not unmask thy counterfeit, This earth will be the prey of strife once more, As when primaeval discord held its reign.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He retreated deep within himself, where the discordant mental chorus was no louder than the distant thunder of crashing waves.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • When the entire column stood motionless before the crude altar, the creature upon the litter stirred and began to chant in a voice as discordant as the moaning of the bells.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • 6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • There still are discordant and undecided claims between several of them, and the dissolution of the Union would lay a foundation for similar claims between them all.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Others spoke as well—Arya; Blodhgarm; two more of the elves, whom Eragon could not identify—and their mass of conflicting words clattered together in an incomprehensible discord.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I design with a view to a passage of quietly composed, soft, subdued pensive character, shape the ground, screen out discordant elements and get suitable vegetation growing.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Discord among provinces.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The lonely wayfarer shrank within himself at the horrid clamor and clapper-clawing; eyed the den of discord askance; and hurried on his way, rejoicing, if a bachelor, in his celibacy.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • I have been mocked with the likeness of sleep, while sounds of discord have rent my ears, such as might manifest the fullness of time, and that nature had forgotten her harmony.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • She filled up all blanks with unmanifested perfections, interpreting him as she interpreted the works of Providence, and accounting for seeming discords by her own deafness to the higher harmonies.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Imbecility in the government; discord among the provinces; foreign influence and indignities; a precarious existence in peace, and peculiar calamities from war.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It belongeth therefore to him that hath the Soveraign Power, to be Judge, or constitute all Judges of Opinions and Doctrines, as a thing necessary to Peace, thereby to prevent Discord and Civill Warre.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The more effectually to nourish discord and disorder the Romans had, to the astonishment of those who confided in their sincerity, already proclaimed universal liberty1 throughout Greece.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Through a hole in the window-glass came a cool breeze, and on it breathed a sound that struck coarsely upon her ear—a discordant mingling of laughter and shout, and the tramp of boots to the hard music of a phonograph.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • And how she had stood spellbound, enveloped in the mighty volume of sound no longer discordant, but full of great, pregnant melody, until the white ball burst upon the tower of the Times Building, showing the bright figures 1919.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • And so with your Doctors of Music, who, with their collections of discords duly prepared and resolved or retarded or anticipated in the manner of the great composers, think they can learn the art of Palestrina from Cherubim’s treatise.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • It seems a clear attempt to foment discord among Downworlders.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • [See #20] Factions disrupted the councils that tried to reconcile discordant opinions, assuage jealousies, and compromise.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
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