What does discord mean?

Definitions for discord
ˈdɪs kɔrd; dɪsˈkɔrddis·cord

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discord, strifenoun

    lack of agreement or harmony

  2. discord, dissensionnoun

    disagreement among those expected to cooperate

  3. discordance, discordnoun

    a harsh mixture of sounds

  4. discord, discordanceverb

    strife resulting from a lack of agreement

  5. disagree, disaccord, discordverb

    be different from one another


  1. discordnoun

    Lack of concord, agreement or harmony among persons, groups, or things.

  2. discordnoun

    Tension or strife resulting from a lack of agreement; dissension.

  3. discordnoun

    An inharmonious combination of simultaneously sounded tones; a dissonance.

  4. discordnoun

    Any harsh noise, or confused mingling of sounds.

  5. discordverb

    To disagree; to be at variance; to fail to agree or harmonize; clash.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DISCORDnoun

    Etymology: discordia, Latin.

    See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
    That heav’n finds means to kill your joys with love!
    And I, for winking at your discords too,
    Have lost a brace of kinsmen. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    Take but degree away, untune that string,
    And hark what discord follows; each thing meets
    In meer oppugnancy. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cress.

    He is a false witness that speaketh lies, and that soweth discord among brethren. Prov. vi. 19.

    Discord, like that of music’s various parts,
    Discord that makes the harmony of hearts;
    Discord that only this dispute shall bring,
    Who best shall love the duke and serve the king. John Dryden, Ep.

    All nature is but art unknown to thee;
    All chance, direction which thou canst not see;
    All discord, harmony not understood;
    All partial evil, universal good. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    It is sound alone that doth immediately and incorporeally affect most; this is most manifest in music, and concords and discords in music: for all sounds, whether they be sharp or flat, if they be sweet, have a roundness and equality; and if they be harsh, are unequal: for a discord itself is but a harshness of divers sounds meeting. Francis Bacon, N. Hist. Part I. p. 400.

    It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
    Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps. William Shakespeare.

    How doth music amaze us, when of discords she maketh the sweetest harmony? Henry Peacham.

  2. To Discordverb

    To disagree; not to suit with.

    Etymology: discordo, Latin

    Sounds do disturb and alter the one the other; sometimes the one drowning the other,and making it not heard; sometimes the one jarring and discording with the other, and making a confusion. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 227.


  1. Discord

    Discord is a VoIP and instant messaging social platform. Users have the ability to communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called "servers". A server is a collection of persistent chat rooms and voice channels which can be accessed via invite links. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Linux, and in web browsers. As of 2021, the service has over 350 million registered users and over 150 million monthly active users.


  1. discord

    Discord is a state of disagreement or conflict between individuals, groups, or even within oneself. It can also refer to a lack of harmony in sounds or music. In digital platform context, Discord is a communication app particularly popular among gamers for text, voice, video communication, and file sharing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discordverb

    want of concord or agreement; absence of unity or harmony in sentiment or action; variance leading to contention and strife; disagreement; -- applied to persons or to things, and to thoughts, feelings, or purposes

  2. Discordverb

    union of musical sounds which strikes the ear harshly or disagreeably, owing to the incommensurability of the vibrations which they produce; want of musical concord or harmony; a chord demanding resolution into a concord

  3. Discordnoun

    to disagree; to be discordant; to jar; to clash; not to suit

  4. Etymology: [OE. discorden, descorden, from the French. See Discord, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discord

    dis′kord, n. opposite of concord: disagreement, strife: difference or contrariety of qualities: a combination of inharmonious sounds: uproarious noise.—v.i. Discord′, to disagree.—ns. Discord′ance, Discord′ancy.—adj. Discord′ant, without concord or agreement: inconsistent: contradictory: harsh: jarring.—adv. Discord′antly.—adj. Discord′ful (Spens.).—Apple of discord (see Apple). [O. Fr. descord—L. discordiadis, neg., and cor, cordis, the heart.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. discord

    A guinea-hen, a peacock and a bluejay singing a trio.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discord in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discord in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of discord in a Sentence

  1. Janvier Chouteu-Chando:

    No true...father would be unconcerned about discord in his family that may cause it to disintegrate in his absence... ”

  2. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani:

    Terrorist movements whose goal is to de-stabilize every state in the region are looking for new bases of operation, we are the frontline, but the terrorists neither recognize boundaries nor require passports to spread their messages of hate and discord.

  3. Lindsey Buckingham:

    Everything that we wore on our sleeve, the discord and nature of the band, was the people breaking up, the dysfunction, right below all of that dysfunction is a great, great deal of love.

  4. Deborah Carr:

    Some forms of marital strain can be protective, but support can be stifling, marital conflict does n’t necessarily mean tension and discord, it can be squabbles over things like, ‘ why did n’t you take your meds ? ’ .

  5. United States:

    I can't talk about things I see in a classified setting in the Senate Intelligence Committee, but I think it's fair to say other countries over a long period of time in the past and I anticipate for a long time in the future will try to sow discord and disinformation and get involved in the United States elections.

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Translations for discord

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  • خلافArabic
  • разногласие, дисонанс, раздор, несъгласиеBulgarian
  • Zwietracht, Uneinigkeit, Dissonanz, Missklang, Kakophonie, Streit, LärmGerman
  • δυσαρμονία, παραφωνία, διχόνοια, έριδα, διαμάχη, διάστασηGreek
  • discordiaSpanish
  • اختلافPersian
  • epäsopu, soraääni, eripura, riitasointuFinnish
  • discordeFrench
  • eas-aonta, mì-chòrdadhScottish Gaelic
  • अनबनHindi
  • perselisihanIndonesian
  • discordia, zizzania, dissenso, dissonanzaItalian
  • 不協和音, 不調和, 不和Japanese
  • onenigheid, kabaal, tweedracht, kakofonieDutch
  • niezgodaPolish
  • discórdiaPortuguese
  • discordieRomanian
  • раздор, несогласие, разногласие, нелады, диссонанс, рознь, разладRussian
  • dissonans, oenighet, split, missämjaSwedish
  • అపస్వరముTelugu
  • ความบาดหมางกันThai
  • anlaşmazlıkTurkish
  • 不和Chinese

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