Definition of dissonance in English:

dissonance

Line breaks: dis|son¦ance
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪs(ə)nəns
 
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noun

[mass noun] Music
  • 1Lack of harmony among musical notes: an unusual degree of dissonance for such choral styles [count noun]: a session full of jangling dissonances
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    • Most of all, he shows a flair for matching the climaxes in the action with musical climaxes, using dissonance, the singer's virtuosity, or instrumental sonorities to create the sense of heightened emotion.
    • Abandoning the preconceived notions of tonality, and immersed within a musical state of dissonance, Coltrane's music became a communicative attempt at reaching a higher plane.
    • The music's density is intriguing, its rhythmic energy is compelling, and its harmonic complexity and dissonance is unusual for Reich.
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  • 1.1Lack of agreement or harmony between people or things: the party faithful might be willing to put up with such dissonance among their candidates
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    • I am the child of their ancestral dissonance with all its contrariness and overlappings.
    • Does this dissonance between politicians and voters matter?
    • Yet it might end up in increasing political dissonance between continental Europe on one side and England and the US on the other.
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Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin dissonantia, from Latin dissonant- 'disagreeing in sound', from the verb dissonare.

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