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Meaning of CACOPHONY

Pronunciation:  ku'kâfunee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  loud confusing disagreeable sounds
  2. [n]  a loud harsh or strident noise

CACOPHONY is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: blare, blaring, clamor, din
 See Also: dissonance, noise



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ca*coph"o*ny\, n.; pl. {Cacophonies}. [Gr. ?????????;
????? bad + ???? sound: cf. F. Cacophonie.]
1. (Rhet.) An uncouth or disagreable sound of words, owing to
   the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.
   ``Cacophonies of all kinds.'' --Pope.

2. (Mus.) A combination of discordant sounds.

3. (Med.) An unhealthy state of the voice.

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