- The definition of cacophony means sounds that are loud, and irritating and out of tune.
An example of cacophony is an untalented band warming up before a performance.
Origin: probably via French cacophonie ; from Midieval Latin cacophonia ; from Classical Greek kakophōnia ; from kakophōnos, harsh-sounding ; from kakos, bad, evil plush phōnē, voice: see phono-
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noun pl. ca·coph·o·nies
- Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance: heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
- The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.
Origin: French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōniā, from kakophōnos, cacophonous; see cacophonous .