Definition of discordant in English:



  • 1Disagreeing or incongruous.

    ‘the principle of meritocracy is discordant with claims of inherited worth’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, different scales can lead to discordant results.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, throughout the occupation, the stream of images continues to feel disturbingly discordant with our national identity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘As a consequence, the complex shows discordant evolutionary patterns at different levels of organization.’
    • ‘The width of the gap has been uncertain, because different preparation methods have yielded discordant results.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You might guess that a show selected by six different people would appear discordant, reflecting a clash of outlook and taste.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the cues from different senses are discordant, perception can be distorted.’
    • ‘The two most highly differentially expressed transcripts in smokers that give discordant results in the mouse models encode secreted proteins.’
    • ‘He added: ‘The sign looks a discordant and random afterthought which is entirely unsympathetic to the architectural integrity of this attractive building.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We hypothesized that variations in the distribution of emphysema would be associated with functional differences and therefore account for discordant physiology.’
    • ‘All the discordant cases in the present study had only one grade difference with histological grading similar to earlier studies.’
    in disagreement, at variance, at odds, disagreeing, differing, divergent, discrepant, contradictory, contrary, in conflict, conflicting, opposite, opposed, opposing, clashing
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    1. 1.1 Characterized by quarreling and 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Consequently, older children have more opportunities to find outside support systems that can help to buffer the deleterious effects of a discordant home.’
      • ‘I’ve come to a shocking realisation that I’m in a discordant relationship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2(of sounds) harsh and jarring because of a lack of harmony.

    ‘bombs, guns, and engines mingled in discordant sound’
    • ‘The film pieces together unrelated images and discordant sounds to evoke provocative after-images that flow seamlessly into one another.’
    • ‘For the audience, the music is a blend of nontraditional, at times discordant, sound.’
    • ‘Their songs were too long, and were made up of loops created on the laptop utilising the most unmusical discordant sounds imaginable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Getting a balance between the beauty of the instruments and the harsh discordant vocals seems difficult to achieve.’
    • ‘Its voice grows harsh, and discordant, sounding more like two people talking at once.’
    • ‘The sound was awful, each song was a tuneless, discordant dirge.’
    • ‘He shut his eyes and prepared himself for the discordant sounds.’
    • ‘Furthermore, all manner of wind instruments are used to create discordant noises that sound dangerously close to flatulence.’
    • ‘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 stalked out of the apartment and walked to the nearest club, harshly bright and resounding with discordant noise in the still night air.’
    • ‘Rakael frowned as a harsh, discordant sound echoed in her ears.’
    • ‘Even the moments of drama are fairly subtly presented, with little but an increase in odd sounds and discordant notes to herald them.’
    • ‘The musical voice was now a harsh discordant tone that echoed around him.’
    • ‘These lights are later accompanied by the discordant noises of machines losing contact with their source and breaking down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They sing a discordant series of sounds that can be alternately tuneful and rasping.’
    • ‘Abruptly, he struck one of the guitar strings, making a discordant sound.’
    • ‘The music sounded like the tape was being stretched producing appalling sounds and off-key, discordant, unpleasant noises.’
    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).