from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or an instance of disagreement; discord.
  • n. Genetics The presence of a given genetic trait in only one member of a pair of identical twins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of discord.
  • n. Lack of harmony; dissonance.
  • n. The presence of a specific genetic trait in only one of a set of clones (or identical twins).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State or quality of being discordant; disagreement; inconsistency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being discordant; disagreement; opposition; inconsistency.
  • n. Discord of sound.
  • n. In geology, a lack of parallelism or complete conformity in associated strata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a harsh mixture of sounds
  • n. strife resulting from a lack of agreement


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  • The divergent scales of values scream in discordance, they dazzle and daze us, and in order that it might not be painful we steer clear of all other values, as though from insanity, as though from illusion, and we confidently judge the whole world according to our own home values.

    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - Nobel Lecture

  • Since then there are some imaginations which may, and others which may not be rejected, it is lawful for us to retain our assent concerning them, though there were no other cause but this discordance, which is sufficient to work in us a suspicion of things, as having nothing certain and assured, but being altogether full of obscurity and perturbation.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Dressing up "discordance" with the term "diversity" no more makes off-key music sound better than it makes gutteral sewer commentary tolerable.

    About my proposed Titus recording.

  • From hence the PASSIONS have their birth: these are more or less violent; they are, however, nothing more than the motion of the will, determined by the objects which give it activity; consequently composed of the analogy or of the discordance which is found between these objects, man's peculiar mode of existence, and the force of his temperament.

    The System of Nature, Volume 1

  • The term "discordance" is the opposite -- a condition in one twin but not in the other twin.

    The Full Feed from

  • In most of Ms. Freda's 29 pictures all from 2010 there is discordance among the severe geometries, layered wax grounds and expressionistic strokes.

    Playing With Sand, Wind and Fire

  • In fact, the discordance between federal and state laws makes it especially important to protect the privacy of patients.

    Steph Sherer: Patient Privacy Should Be at the Heart of Medical Marijuana Regulations

  • We experience an additional discordance when the people around us are telling us that they love us, but we just don't feel it somehow.

    Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe: Bhakti - The Yoga of Valentine's Day

  • Colorblindness actually creates discordance, she says, because parents set their child up to believe that race doesn't matter — until the kids find that often race is an issue in the real world and they haven't been prepared for it.

    Adoption changes spur growth in multiracial families

  • BP's disposals also demonstrate the lingering discordance between private and public market views of its value.

    BP Takes the Private Road to Public Value


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