Definition of cacophony in US English:



  • A harsh discordant mixture of sounds.

    ‘a cacophony of deafening alarm bells’
    figurative ‘a cacophony of architectural styles’
    ‘songs of unrelieved cacophony’
    • ‘Birds form a group and create a cacophony of sound to ward off the attacks.’
    • ‘The constant sound of Calcutta is the cacophony of horns and the descant of millions of crows.’
    • ‘Buddy is both daunted and enraptured by the cacophony of sights and sounds of the big city.’
    • ‘The carnival parade was a blast of colour and a cacophony of sound.’
    • ‘The woods became alive with sound, a great cacophony of noises rising as the two beings fought.’
    • ‘It was every bit as delicious as it sounds, a cacophony of flavours in which the oysters still managed to hold their own.’
    • ‘This cacophony will not espouse one Political agenda, one religion, or one culture.’
    • ‘The result is a cacophony, and nobody is the wiser about what is happening or is likely to happen to the economy.’
    • ‘The resultant cacophony afforded the proprietor his first opportunity to speak.’
    • ‘Outlined in the speech was a cacophony of putative legislation - it's going to be a packed parliamentary session.’
    • ‘Whereas before, it was a discordant cacophony of voices, now there is a clear message being communicated by one side to the other.’
    • ‘At home, at work and in the street the cacophony never ceases.’
    • ‘At the initial stage, there is bound to be a glut of representation resulting in a cacophony of rhetoric.’
    • ‘The spirit of togetherness, of giving, of peace and goodwill overcomes the commercial cacophony.’
    • ‘The mind instantly converts an innocent remark into a cacophony of suggestive possibilities.’
    • ‘Reality is a thunderous cacophony of millions of impressions surging in on us at every moment.’
    • ‘A cacophony of rhythms and sounds stream through the studio walls and flood the air.’
    • ‘This leaves the orchestra without a conductor, and a musical cacophony verging on dissonance.’
    • ‘Thunder rumbled and wind let out in a cacophony of screeches.’
    • ‘When she did the right side there was a cacophony of cracks that sounded like fireworks going off.’
    din, racket, noise, discord, dissonance, discordance, caterwauling, raucousness, screeching, jarring, stridency, grating, rasping
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Mid 17th century: from French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōnia, from kakophōnos ‘ill-sounding’, from kakos ‘bad’ + phōnē ‘sound’.