Definition of consonance in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Agreement or compatibility between opinions or actions.

    ‘consonance between conservation measures and existing agricultural practice’
    ‘a constitution in consonance with the people's customs’
    • ‘It's not going to last forever; I just have a limited amount of time to live in a way that feels satisfying to me, that feels right, that feels in consonance with the way things are.’
    • ‘I would not care whether truth is pleasant or unpleasant, and in consonance with or opposed to current views.’
    • ‘In consonance with the title, the first picture of a smashed spinning wheel speaks a thousand words.’
    • ‘The Russians are actually acting in consonance with international law.’
    • ‘Such a commission can assist those agencies and ensure that their powers are in consonance with the laws and practices of Hong Kong, he said.’
    • ‘This line of reasoning is totally in consonance with ancient Indian philosophical thought.’
    • ‘Body and soul were in consonance with each other.’
    • ‘And in consonance with Chinese architectural tradition, the site includes numerous symbols evoking the local culture and environment.’
    • ‘It's in consonance with the nature of their work.’
    • ‘In consonance with this, this study provides evidence for a reduction in muscle strength in absolute terms as well as reduced endurance especially during more prolonged exercise.’
    • ‘The chaste Sanskrit verse steeped in Vaishnavite bhakti tradition is surprisingly, or perhaps not surprisingly, in complete spiritual consonance with a prayer from the Native American tradition that concludes the book.’
    • ‘Certainly it is the ambition of most philosophical systems to resolve the blooming confusion of the world into consonance.’
    • ‘The administration's justification was not that employees were paid an adequate wage, but that they were paid in consonance with the local market.’
    • ‘It is important to emphasise that changes in economic circumstances may again make it necessary to take appropriate monetary measures, which may not be in consonance with the present easy liquidity conditions.’
    • ‘The Vatican really didn't seem to be in consonance with that.’
    • ‘The government's callousness towards the problem of relief and rehabilitation is in consonance with its earlier policy of calculated inaction during the carnage.’
    • ‘In France however, there is a much greater consonance between bloggers and journalism.’
    • ‘Acting in consonance with the democratic convention, the President signed the Ordinance which was promulgated immediately on 24 August, 2002.’
    • ‘Almost unannounced, we started achieving consonance.’
    • ‘He is the answer to the prayers of those tongue-tied guys, the romantically handicapped, the timid ones whose words are not in consonance with their feelings.’
    agreement, concord, accord, accordance, harmony, unison, conformity
    compatibility, congruity, congruence
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    1. 1.1The recurrence of similar-sounding consonants in close proximity, especially in prosody.
      ‘the abrupt quality of the sound is echoed in the final ‘t’ consonance of ‘discreet’ and ‘shut’’
      • ‘In Chapter II attention is focused on Dante's use of consonance and assonance to create specific effects leading to a sort of ‘musical vision’.’
      • ‘The Ulster-born poet's fondness for obscure consonance, half-rhymes and visual rhymes has become an instantly identifiable signature, mostly exhilarating, sometimes galling, even pretentious.’
      • ‘He even appreciates the aesthetics of the game, wherein lies a kind of abstract expressionism - the non sequiturs, the shapes of words themselves, the improbable consonance of consonants.’
      • ‘In solitary quiet, readers can hear sounds at their best, cherishing in the mouth all the possibilities of consonance and assonance, long vowel and short, as well as the dance of syntax which is rhythm.’
      • ‘In all of these cases, the deft repetitions and modulations of consonants and vowels with their subtle assonance and consonance compete for attention with the lines' actual content.’
    2. 1.2Music A combination of notes which are in harmony with each other due to the relationship between their frequencies.
      ‘all music creates tension and release, dissonance and consonance’
      [count noun] ‘the tendency to place strong consonances in lower parts’
      • ‘Although the sense of hearing recognizes consonances, reason weighs their value.’
      • ‘This study used mild emotional stimuli, those associated with people's reactions to musical consonance versus dissonance.’
      • ‘The whole texture resonates with lovely aerated consonances, especially major thirds.’
      • ‘Early in his maturity, he dabbled a little in the important musical styles of his era, but in his later works, harmonic consonance largely holds sway.’
      • ‘As with the Old Hall music, consonance and sonority are all-important, but now textures are more complex, with intricate ornamental rhythms and a greater number of parts allowing a much wider pitch range.’
      euphony, polyphony
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin consonantia, from consonant- sounding together, from the verb consonare (see consonant).