dissonance dissonance  /ˈdɪs ə nəns/


  1. (n) a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
  2. (n) the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
  3. (n) disagreeable sounds

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  1. In this age of dissonance it is rare to be blessed with an attitude of accommodation and a readiness to hear a contrary view.
  2. It augurs well for democracy that we see dissonance and rhetoric in street corner election meetings.
  3. Unable to attract the attention of the evening revelers the band resorted to noise and dissonance.


  1. 2 S. Florida Dems Weigh In On NSA Spying Program

    Two South Florida Democratic politicians have weighed in on the debate over the Edward Snowden leaking details about the National Security Agency’s Prism program and while both view the leaker as a traitor, the reasoning behind one of them has quite a bit of cognitive dissonance.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: CBS Miami

  2. Charles Ives Take Me Home

    When a father's love of music clashes with his daughter's passion for basketball, modernist composer Charles Ives is the perfect referee. 'Charles Ives Take Me Home' is a comedic and poignant story of dissonance, defense, and devotion.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. As for differences that have cropped up between the PPP and its coalition partner the PML-N, Zardari said, "The coalition has some internal dissonance, but that is the nature of democratic debate." "The PML-N is still in fundamental agreement...
    on May 29, 2008 By: Asif Ali Zardari Source: Daily Times

  2. "This is in the spirit of playful resistance that culture jamming is all about," Lasn says. "Why not befuddle a few people and force them, through cognitive dissonance, to figure out the contradiction? It's good for them."
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: Kalle Lasn Source: KREN CW 27 TV

  3. "This is no time for NOAA to create this kind of dissonance or problem," Klein said.
    on Jun 18, 2007 By: Ron Klein Source: Miami Herald

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