Cacophony meaning

kə-kŏfə-nē
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The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.
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Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance.

Heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.

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Harsh, jarring sound; dissonance.
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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.

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Origin of cacophony

  • French cacophonie from Greek kakophōniā from kakophōnos cacophonous cacophonous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French cacophonie, from Ancient Greek κακοφωνία (kakophonia), from κακός (kakos, “bad”) + φωνή (phonē, “sound”).

    From Wiktionary