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dis uh nuhns

  • n  a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
  • n  the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
  • n  disagreeable sounds

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

  • 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.
    June 11, 2013 - New York Times
  • 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.
    June 11, 2013 - CBS Miami

  • Asif Ali Zardari in Daily Times
    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...
  • Kalle Lasn in KREN CW 27 TV
    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."
  • Ron Klein in Miami Herald
    This is no time for NOAA to create this kind of dissonance or problem,Klein said.

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