Definitions

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  • adverb In an atonal manner; without tone.

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  • adverb without tonality

Etymologies

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atonal +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The same way that he copes with everything – by atonally howling the lyrics at the top of his voice.

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  • Notice that there aren't any Yoko Ono songs in there – even Yoko Ono knows that a lifetime of solitude on a desert island is bad enough without having to hear a woman atonally shrieking Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for a Hand in the Snow) four times a day as well.

    Yoko Ono Pointing Lights At The Sky For John Lennon

  • The classical composer of 1800 who somehow heard the world atonally, arhythmically, and to the accompaniment of falling trash cans and who then wrote a symphony in thirty movements on this basis -- this composer is innovating, all right.

    Creativity, convention, and tradition

  • The classical composer of 1800 who somehow heard the world atonally, arhythmically, and to the accompaniment of falling trash cans and who then wrote a symphony in thirty movements on this basis -- this composer is innovating, all right.

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  • They were hammered drunk, and played this song on a cheap boombox OVER AND OVER AGAIN, singing loudly, and quite atonally, with their Russian accents.

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  • Composers have been writing atonally — bye-bye, Western harmony — since Schoenberg in 1909.

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  • Going deaf listening to his adenoids rattle atonally.

    hey hey, the clouds are whey

  • The song blends into something atonally sweet but unattended as I pass another shallow wash coming in from the right.

    127 Hours

  • The song blends into something atonally sweet but unattended as I pass another shallow wash coming in from the right.

    127 Hours

  • The song blends into something atonally sweet but unattended as I pass another shallow wash coming in from the right.

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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