One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The quality of being pleasing to the ear, especially through a harmonious combination of words.
softness, mellowness, sweetness, sweet sound, sweet tone, prettiness, silveriness, mellifluousness, melodiousness, musicality, lilt, lyricism, harmonyView synonyms
- ‘One doubts, nevertheless, whether a newly elected pontiff would weigh the relative euphony that a name might command in various languages.’
- ‘While the advent of TV may have eclipsed the romance of radio, as he puts it, much of the sheen and euphony one used to note and hear in yester-year's music is regretfully found absent in the present-day menu.’
- ‘I would listen to the euphonies of life and the sobriety of earth beleaguering me.’
- ‘Actually, my aunt had done nothing of the sort, but I like the substance as well as the euphony; it has verisimilitude, doesn't it?’
- ‘This encompasses random and fairly meaningless collections of words which have a certain euphony.’
- ‘The eclectic mix of trance, tabla and the violin euphony left the raving party animals craving for more.’
- ‘Greenfield's self-making depends neither on euphonies nor on arguments, but on a counterpoint of sentences, a music of grammar (as in, for example, Geoffrey Hill's Mercian Hymns).’
- ‘Let us leave the sweet euphony of Bangla to our poets, and the salvation-enhancement of Sanskrit to our priests.’
- ‘It's been a long time since a politician offered such euphoria over euphony in political commentary.’
- ‘In a musical climate where beauty is often disregarded or located in asymmetrical euphony, bands like Kepler are clinging to an older and more concrete conception of beauty - one that hinges on order, balance, and tradition.’
- ‘It still fulfilled prescribed ecclesiastical functions, but its euphony and its expressive power showed the way toward artistic autonomy.’
- ‘Soft voices whisper place names and dates, invoking memory and history just as the choreography suggests the euphony of physical connections, of reasons for momentum and impetus.’
- ‘One of the big joys of this production, after the divine euphony of Kremer's sound, is the return to the eleven-instrument orchestration of Piazzolla's original score.’
- ‘‘Americanism’, incidentally, is one of my least favourite words: not for the meaning, the concept is marvelous, but for its lack of euphony.’
- ‘That hands-on style brought an integrity and euphony to the lifetime written record of his creative, illuminating and vivifying mind.’
- ‘The mosque, however, continues to be used by Muslims, adding to the beautiful euphony of sounds that echo daily as the faithful are called to prayer.’
- ‘He employs a wide variety of tonal registers and often emphasizes dissonance or euphony in particular verses by varying the intensity of speed and volume while reading.’
- ‘How much steam-piston euphony survived the voyage from Australia is vague, since Englishmen regularly mispronounced the town to rhyme with ‘stagger’.’
- ‘A man who wrote wondrously for the ear was surely not seduced by the euphony of her name, but they fell in love and she stuck to him over the years through many a scrape.’
- ‘These bizarre screeching sounds turn into horn samples, which, though they never quite resolve themselves, manage to work up an atmosphere of a nauseated euphony.’
- 1.1 The tendency to make phonetic change for ease of pronunciation.
- ‘Meanwhile, in the English-speaking world Ukraina was no longer the Ukraine, but Ukraine, a change recommended neither by history, etymology, or euphony.’
Late Middle English: from French euphonie, via late Latin from Greek euphōnia, from euphōnos ‘well sounding’ (based on phōnē ‘sound’).
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