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used in The Lords of Discipline

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not going well together; or conflict
especially in these two senses:
  • unpleasant musical sound
  • inconsistency or conflict between beliefs and actions such as voluntarily taking actions that conflict with beliefs, or holding two conflicting beliefs (also called "cognitive dissonance")
  • Nothing had alarmed me quite so much since I had come to the Institute as the volatile dissonance of that exquisite soundlessness.
    Chapter 2.16 (60% in)
  • On Sundays, Charleston, without the dissonance of commerce or traffic, had the serene regularity of a city so magical in its harmony, so purified of stridency or disorder, so certain of its virtues, that it seemed a city separated from its century by an incorruptible cleanliness of spirit and image, a perfect environment for recreation and quiet pleasure.
    Chapter 3.25 (4% in)

There are no more uses of "dissonance" in The Lords of Discipline.

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