from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not being in accord; conflicting.
  • adjective Disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not harmoniously related or connected; disagreeing; incongruous; contradictory; being at variance; clashing: as, discordant opinions; discordant rules or principles.
  • Opposite; contrary; not coincident: as, the discordant attractions of comets or of different planets.
  • Inharmonious; dissonant; harsh, grating, or disagreeable to the ear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Disagreeing; incongruous; being at variance; clashing; opposing; not harmonious.
  • adjective (Mus.) Dissonant; not in harmony or musical concord; harsh; jarring.
  • adjective (Geol.) Said of strata which lack conformity in direction of bedding, either as in unconformability, or as caused by a fault.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective not in harmony or accord
  • adjective harsh or dissonant sounding
  • adjective public health serodiscordant
  • adjective geology of a differing type of rock cutting across a formation

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

  • adjective not in agreement or harmony
  • adjective lacking in harmony


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  • This singular ambition was realized in the remarkable building that now loomed before me, whose design was characterized by a discordant—if not utterly bizarre—juxtaposition of architectural embellishments, from medieval battlements, to Corinthian columns, to Oriental minarets, to the sort of elaborately scrolled buttresses characteristic of the Italian baroque—the entire, unparalleled combination giving to the whole an air of Arabian Nights fantasticalness, as though the building had sprung full-blown from the teeming reveries of an inordinately imaginative child.

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  • "Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant." -- Henry David Thoreau

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