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ˈdɪs ə nəntdis·so·nant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unresolved, dissonantadjective

    characterized by musical dissonance; harmonically unresolved

  2. discordant, disharmonious, dissonant, inharmonicadjective

    lacking in harmony

  3. at variance(p), discrepant, dissonantadjective

    not in accord

    "desires at variance with his duty"; "widely discrepant statements"


  1. dissonantadjective

    Of or pertaining to dissonance.

    The music was filled with dissonant chords.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dissonantadjective

    Etymology: dissonans, Latin.

    Dire were the strain and dissonant, to sing
    The cruel raptures of the savage kind. James Thomson, Spring.

    What can be more dissonant from reason and nature, than that a man, naturally inclined to clemency, should shew himself unkind and inhuman. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    When conscience reports any thing dissonant to truth, it obliges no more than the falshood reported by it. South.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissonantadjective

    sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious

  2. Dissonantadjective

    disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to

  3. Etymology: [L. dissonans, -antis, p. pr. of dissonare to disagree in sound, be discordant; dis- + sonare to sound: cf. F. dissonant. See Sonant.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissonant

    dis′o-nant, adj. not agreeing or harmonising in sound: without concord or harmony: disagreeing.—n. Diss′onance, disagreement of sound: want of harmony: discord: disagreement: (spec.) a combination of musical sounds which produces beats—also Diss′onancy. [Fr.,—L. dissonans, -antisdis, apart, sonāre, to sound.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissonant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissonant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of dissonant in a Sentence

  1. Alfred Jarry:

    It is conventional to call monster any blending of dissonant elements. I call monster every original inexhaustible beauty.

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