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Meaning of DISSONANT

Pronunciation:  'disununt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  lacking in harmony
  2. [adj]  (music) characterized by musical dissonance; harmonically unresolved
  3. [adj]  not musical in nature; "the unmusical cry of the bluejay"

DISSONANT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: discordant, disharmonious, inharmonic, inharmonious, nonmusical, unharmonious, unmusical, unresolved
 Antonyms: musical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis"so*nant\, a. [L. dissonans, -antis, p. pr. of
dissonare to disagree in sound, be discordant; dis- + sonare
to sound: cf. F. dissonant. See {Sonant}.]
1. Sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious.

         With clamor of voices dissonant and loud.

2. Disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to.
   ``Anything dissonant to truth.'' --South.

         What can be dissonant from reason and nature than
         that a man, naturally inclined to clemency, should
         show himself unkind and inhuman?      --Hakewill.

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