Definition of jarring in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɑːrɪŋ/


1Incongruous in a striking or shocking way; clashing: the telephone struck a jarring note in those Renaissance surroundings
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  • A very fine soundtrack shifts from a winsome romanticism in the early moments to the jarring untuned piano notes in the latter fraught stages.
  • More serious is the way the last half-hour seems to lose pace, then comes to a sudden, jarring halt.
  • His outburst blaming the vandals on the estate for frightening his wife to death, was a jarring moment of realism.
2Causing a physical shock, jolt, or vibration: the van came to a jarring halt
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  • Runners rarely need pure rest on their days off, just a break from the jarring effects of running.
  • He's a big hirer, capable of delivering jarring tackles.
  • Every step I took was having a jarring effect on my shoulders.



Example sentences
  • Atkinson's portrayal of two fortysomethings, their disappointments and their soured relationship with their mother is teeth - jarringly accurate, but her courage doesn't stop there.
  • The argument that a single company is better positioned than the market to make efficient use of an idea should strike us as jarringly counterintuitive in a market economy.
  • The tone was jarringly dissonant from the sunny message Kerry and Edwards have emphasized on their first few days together on the campaign trail.

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