Definitions for dissonanceˈdɪs ə nəns
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disagreement, dissension, dissonance(noun)
a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
noise, dissonance, racket(noun)
the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
"modern music is just noise to me"
a harsh, discordant combination of sounds
conflicting notes that are not overtones of the note or chord sounding
a state of disagreement or conflict
a mingling of discordant sounds; an inharmonious combination of sounds; discord
want of agreement; incongruity
Origin: [L. dissonantia: cf. F. dissonance.]
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There is this profound dissonance between what the administration is saying about its desire to close Guantanamo and what is it actually doing, and it's the administration's actions that actually count.
Hunters try to kill the deer with the largest antlers, fishermen tell stories of their biggest catch, and we sensationalize even the act of dieting by hosting reality TV shows such as The Biggest Loser, when we are bombarded with the appeal of getting things bigger or larger, it creates a bit of dissonance that the message for our most intimate choices such as our meals, our plates and our bodies runs opposite to our culture of plenty when considering long-term health and wellness.
I think [ADP has] always had a bit of cognitive dissonance about Zenefits. On the one hand, we don’t do payroll—we’re a sales channel for them for payroll. On the other hand, although people think of ADP as a payroll company, they make a lot of money by taking that core payroll business and upselling clients on all of this other stuff, i think what happened for ADP is that at a certain point, their view of us flipped from uncertainty to a decision that they absolutely didn’t like us. Who knows? They might decide in six months to a year, ‘Oh my gosh, this is a mistake, we’d much rather partner with Zenefits—they have a lot of customers in the market, and we don’t want to block ourselves out of all of those customers.’.
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