from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance.
- noun The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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
- noun In pathology, a depraved voice; an altered state of the voice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Rhet.) An uncouth or disagreeable sound of words, owing to the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.
- noun (Mus.) A combination of discordant sounds.
- noun (Med.) An unhealthy state of the voice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A mix of
discordant sounds; dissonance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a loud harsh or strident noise
- noun loud confusing disagreeable sounds
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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On one side was Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur, railing against what he called the cacophony of Web 2.0 and the calamitous effects of user-generated content on our culture.
Adding to the cacophony is the remodeling of the upstairs apartment.
Lost in cacophony of the horse-race press coverage are the policies that the Republicans are pushing.
Tracking sports 'online cacophony is tricky enough when just focusing on league websites.
Their cacophony is making the biggest mark of the information age.
Walk but a few yards, and the cacophony is swallowed by a silence profound and sombre.
Note: I employed the word cacophony in yesterday's entry before reading the newspaper.
I suppose those taking siestas nearby were going nuts but one man's cacophony is another's Beethoven.
It's not easy telling our story in a place where the cacophony is deafening and the competition stiff -- where everyone has a story to tell and the Americans tend to find their own story most interesting.
I believe that the 1800 Obi was similarly monumental, graphic, and insistent to its audience in cathecting all racial conflict and arguments over slavery ultimately onto the severed head of Jack (its Medusa) and, though his sacrificial destruction, seeming to eradicate this teeming cacophony from the Empire with deliberate force, supposedly to the benefit of slaves and masters alike.