AskDefine | Define dissonance

Dictionary Definition



1 a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters [syn: disagreement, dissension] [ant: agreement]
2 the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience; "modern music is just noise to me" [syn: noise, racket]
3 disagreeable sounds [ant: harmony]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a harsh, discordant combination of sounds
  2. conflicting notes that are not overtones of the note or chord sounding
  3. a state of disagreement or conflict

Extensive Definition

Dissonance has several meanings, all related to conflict or incongruity:
  • Dissonance in poetry is the deliberate avoidance of assonance, i.e. patterns of repeated vowel sounds. Dissonance in poetry is similar to cacophony and the opposite of euphony.
dissonance in Dutch: Dissonantie
dissonance in Polish: Dysonans

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