- 1Lacking harmony: irregular, dissonant chordsMore example sentences
- The Violin Concerto starts off, for instance, with dissonant sustained chords auguring a foray into some atonal world of austerity and gray shadings.
- It may be to this very fact that a certain unwritten ‘law’ is owed: this law prefers that melodic notes dissonant to the prevailing harmony should be resolved by step.
- The dissonant chords melt into nothingness giving the impression of not wanting to fight anymore, a cruel world left to savage itself away.
- 1.1Unsuitable or unusual in combination; clashing: Jackson employs both harmonious and dissonant color choicesMore example sentences
- The lack of volume can be particularly dissonant when bus conversations clash with your music during the daily commute.
- Whatever the origins of the malaise, this dissonant combination of urban potential, challenges and inadequate responses can only lead to more frustration and cynicism among citizens.
- If her slightly warped geometry and dissonant, high-keyed colors sometimes suggest the cartoon world of Elizabeth Murray, Cecily Kahn is more deeply rooted in the tradition of abstraction.
late Middle English (in the sense 'clashing'): from Old French, or from Latin dissonant- 'being discordant or inharmonious', from the verb dissonare, from dis- 'apart' + sonare 'to sound'.