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.
harsh, jarring sound; dissonance
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 kakoph&omacron;nia, from kakoph&omacron;nos, cacophonous; see cacophonous.
From French cacophonie, from Ancient Greek κακοφωνία (kakophonia), from κακός (kakos, “bad”) + φωνή (phonē, “sound”).