- Dissonance is defined as tension or disharmony.
- An example of dissonance is when two musical notes are not in harmony.
- An example of dissonance is when you put people together with strongly opposing political views.
dissonance definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- an inharmonious sound or combination of sounds; discord
- any lack of harmony or agreement; incongruity
- Music a chord that sounds incomplete or unfulfilled until resolved to a harmonious chord
Origin: Middle English dissonaunce ; from Late Latin dissonantia ; from Classical Latin dissonans, present participle of dissonare, to be discordant ; from dis-, apart plush sonus, a sound
dissonance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds; discord.
- Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict: “In Vietnam, reality fell away and dissonance between claim and fact filled the void” (Michael Janeway).
- Music A combination of tones contextually considered to suggest unrelieved tension and require resolution.