An example of cacophony is an untalented band warming up before a performance.
Origin of cacophonyprobably via French cacophonie from Medieval Latin cacophonia from Classical Greek kakoph?nia from kakoph?nos, harsh-sounding from kakos, bad, evil + ph?n?, voice: see phono-
- 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 of cacophonyFrench cacophonie from Greek kakophōniā from kakophōnos cacophonous ; see cacophonous .
From French cacophonie, from Ancient Greek κακοφωνία (kakophonia), from κακός (kakos, “bad”) + φωνή (phonē, “sound”).