Definition of discordant in English:



  • 1Disagreeing or incongruous.

    ‘the operative principle of democracy is a balance of discordant qualities’
    • ‘As a consequence, the complex shows discordant evolutionary patterns at different levels of organization.’
    • ‘Analysis shows that the main reasons behind divorce are discordant personalities, extra-marital affairs, a weak marriage base, or physiological problems with one or other of the couple.’
    • ‘For me, brunch is food anarchy, a gross and discordant ensemble of absolutely every dish you might ever conceivably eat for breakfast served with others normally reserved for lunch and dinner.’
    • ‘Indeed, throughout the occupation, the stream of images continues to feel disturbingly discordant with our national identity.’
    • ‘We hypothesized that variations in the distribution of emphysema would be associated with functional differences and therefore account for discordant physiology.’
    • ‘You might guess that a show selected by six different people would appear discordant, reflecting a clash of outlook and taste.’
    • ‘The two most highly differentially expressed transcripts in smokers that give discordant results in the mouse models encode secreted proteins.’
    • ‘These techniques allow governments and corporations the freedom to promote ideas that would appear repulsive, discordant or even downright stupid if spoken in plain English.’
    • ‘I don't see anything in the documents that is discordant with what were the times, what was the situation and what were the people involved.’
    • ‘He added: ‘The sign looks a discordant and random afterthought which is entirely unsympathetic to the architectural integrity of this attractive building.’’
    • ‘What is perhaps most fascinating about the coming election is that Shrum's trademark populism, which seemed so discordant just two years ago, will suddenly have renewed resonance.’
    • ‘All the discordant cases in the present study had only one grade difference with histological grading similar to earlier studies.’
    • ‘It examined the divergent and discordant forces at work in the UK at the time: Scottish, Welsh and English nationalism, as well as the Northern Ireland conflict.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, different scales can lead to discordant results.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the cues from different senses are discordant, perception can be distorted.’
    • ‘The width of the gap has been uncertain, because different preparation methods have yielded discordant results.’
    • ‘Is it possible you see the controversy your films always generate and the wildly discordant judgments as a higher compliment to your work than universal praise would be?’
    • ‘I found a disturbing number of very different crème brûlée recipes out there, calling for widely discordant oven temp, cooking time and quantities of eggs/cream/sugar.’
    in disagreement, at variance, at odds, disagreeing, differing, divergent, discrepant, contradictory, contrary, in conflict, conflicting, opposite, opposed, opposing, clashing
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    1. 1.1Characterized by conflict.
      ‘a study of children in discordant homes’
      • ‘Small businesses are becoming more discordant, with disciplinary procedures becoming formalised at an earlier stage and internal disagreements more likely to lead to legal action.’
      • ‘More formally too there is evidence of how factors such as peer pressure or a discordant home can have long-term consequences that affect learning.’
      • ‘Consequently, older children have more opportunities to find outside support systems that can help to buffer the deleterious effects of a discordant home.’
      • ‘Take phenomenological psychologists focusing on the subject and behaviourists focusing on objects: They typically do not just write in different journals, they also disagree with each other in discordant ways.’
      • ‘I’ve come to a shocking realisation that I’m in a discordant relationship.’
      • ‘The country, which at present looks a Babel of discordant voices, is badly in need of a ‘light’ to get out of the darkness that has enveloped the nation.’
      • ‘In the early years her Cabinet was argumentative and discordant, a consequence not only of disagreements about economic strategy but also of her argumentative and directive style.’
      • ‘In April, after an intense and often discordant discussion between policy makers and the teacher training institutes, a new Decree on teacher training was voted in Parliament.’
  • 2(of sounds) harsh and jarring because of a lack of harmony.

    ‘the singers continued their discordant chanting’
    • ‘Its voice grows harsh, and discordant, sounding more like two people talking at once.’
    • ‘These lights are later accompanied by the discordant noises of machines losing contact with their source and breaking down.’
    • ‘Furthermore, all manner of wind instruments are used to create discordant noises that sound dangerously close to flatulence.’
    • ‘Rakael frowned as a harsh, discordant sound echoed in her ears.’
    • ‘He stalked out of the apartment and walked to the nearest club, harshly bright and resounding with discordant noise in the still night air.’
    • ‘Even the moments of drama are fairly subtly presented, with little but an increase in odd sounds and discordant notes to herald them.’
    • ‘His fingers faltered on the piano keys, the discordant sound filling the room.’
    • ‘She had to play it all by ear, and this tune had some glaringly discordant harmonies.’
    • ‘It is hard, though, to shake the notion that all of these tiny tremors and discordant sounds do not harbor some degree of chaos ahead.’
    • ‘For the audience, the music is a blend of nontraditional, at times discordant, sound.’
    • ‘Close by the inn stood the ancient church, and the shrill, discordant clack of the cracked bell could be distinctly heard in the ballroom.’
    • ‘He shut his eyes and prepared himself for the discordant sounds.’
    • ‘The sound was awful, each song was a tuneless, discordant dirge.’
    • ‘Their songs were too long, and were made up of loops created on the laptop utilising the most unmusical discordant sounds imaginable.’
    • ‘Abruptly, he struck one of the guitar strings, making a discordant sound.’
    • ‘The film pieces together unrelated images and discordant sounds to evoke provocative after-images that flow seamlessly into one another.’
    • ‘They sing a discordant series of sounds that can be alternately tuneful and rasping.’
    • ‘The music sounded like the tape was being stretched producing appalling sounds and off-key, discordant, unpleasant noises.’
    • ‘The musical voice was now a harsh discordant tone that echoed around him.’
    • ‘Getting a balance between the beauty of the instruments and the harsh discordant vocals seems difficult to achieve.’
    inharmonious, unharmonious, unmelodic, unmusical, tuneless, off-key, dissonant, harsh, jarring, grating, jangling, jangly, strident, shrill, screeching, screechy, cacophonous
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Late Middle English: from Old French descordant, present participle of descorder (see discord).