- 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 of cacophonyprobably via French cacophonie ; from Medieval Latin cacophonia ; from Classical Greek kakophōnia ; from kakophōnos, harsh-sounding ; from kakos, bad, evil + phōnē, 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”).