Dissonant meaning

dĭsə-nənt
Harsh and inharmonious in sound; discordant.
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Being at variance; disagreeing.
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The definition of dissonant is things that don't go well together or things that are not harmonious.

The sound that occurs when you play two cords on the piano that don't sound good together is an example of something that would be described as dissonant.

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(music) Constituting or producing a dissonance.
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Characterized by or constituting a dissonance; discordant.
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Opposing in opinion, temperament, etc.; incompatible; incongruous.
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Of or pertaining to dissonance.

The music was filled with dissonant chords.

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Origin of dissonant

  • Middle English dissonaunt from Old French dissonant from Latin dissonāns dissonant- present participle of dissonāre to be dissonant dis- apart dis– sonāre to sound swen- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle French dissonant

    From Wiktionary