dissonant dissonant  /ˈdɪs ə nənt/


  1. (adj) lacking in harmony
  2. (adj) not in accord
  3. (adj) characterized by musical dissonance; harmonically unresolved


  1. The two statements, 11 weeks apart, are extravagantly dissonant.
  2. These are quirky romantic comedies in which dissonant figures struggle to achieve harmonic convergence.
  3. Separated by staccato commentaries from the cathedral's pipe organ, densely dissonant sonorities clashed and blended over the listeners' heads.


  1. New Recordings

    Guitarist Bill Frisell has created a sound all his own, fluid and languid at its core but capable of dissonant distortions and pointillistic precision, and he has flexible and eclectic tastes. In the last few years alone, he's released albums of John Lennon covers and abstract solo guitar improvisations; worked with folksinger Abigail Washburn, Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuaria, and avant ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Philly.com

  2. Feminist Taylor Swift Twitter Made Our Day

    The phrase “Feminist Taylor Swift” probably sounds a bit dissonant for a number of reasons we probably don’t have to go into but can touch on a bit, namely that her music (however catchy) tends to advance some particularly yucky and disempowering stereotypes, dichotomies, and general negative stuff. But now Feminist Taylor Swift is a... Read more » Feminist Taylor Swift Twitter Made Our Day is a ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr


  1. "Nothing can stand in the way of millions of Americans standing for change," Obama said. "We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause...
    on Jan 8, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Yahoo! News

  2. "I just don't see it as being somehow dissonant," said McGuinty. "We're going to appoint a new individual. This is a very qualified individual and he's looking very much forward to receiving the very best advice that the ombudsman can offer."
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Dalton McGuinty Source: Toronto Star

  3. "Grand opera made it to the grand movie palaces with a grand-sounding score," Goldenthal says via phone from New York. "That trait carries on, whenever the producers are looking for a big, fat orchestral sound that is not dissonant, but has...
    on Jun 16, 2010 By: Elliot Goldenthal Source: Los Angeles Times

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