American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance: heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
- n. The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A combination of discordant sounds; specifically, in rhetoric, a faulty choice or arrangement of words, producing inharmonious or discordant combinations of sounds, or too great frequency of such combinations as are for any reason unpleasant to the ear; also, the uncouth or disagreeable sound so produced: the opposite of euphony.
- n. In pathology, a depraved voice; an altered state of the voice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rhet.) An uncouth or disagreable sound of words, owing to the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.
- n. (Mus.) A combination of discordant sounds.
- n. (Med.) An unhealthy state of the voice.
- n. a loud harsh or strident noise
- n. loud confusing disagreeable sounds
- From French cacophonie, from Ancient Greek κακοφωνία (kakophonia), from κακός (kakos, "bad") + φωνή (phonē, "voice"). (Wiktionary)
- French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōniā, from kakophōnos, cacophonous; see cacophonous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Walk but a few yards, and the cacophony is swallowed by a silence profound and sombre.”
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