Definition of Cacophony

1. Noun. A loud harsh or strident noise.

Exact synonyms: Blare, Blaring, Clamor, Din
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Blare, Cacophonic, Cacophonous, Clamorous, Din



2. Noun. Loud confusing disagreeable sounds.
Generic synonyms: Dissonance
Derivative terms: Cacophonic, Cacophonous

Definition of Cacophony

1. n. An uncouth or disagreable sound of words, owing to the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.

Definition of Cacophony

1. Noun. A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cacophony

1. [n -NIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cacophony

cacomixls
caconym
caconymies
caconyms
caconymy
cacoon
cacoons
cacophemism
cacophemisms
cacophobia
cacophonic
cacophonies
cacophonophilia
cacophonous
cacophonously
cacophony (current term)
cacoplastic
cacosmia
cacosyntheton
cacotechnies
cacotechny
cacothymia
cacothymias
cacoxene
cacoxenite
cacozelia
cactaceous
cacti
cactiform
cactinomycin

Literary usage of Cacophony

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Referring to water: examine, plumb, fathom. 2. See EXAMINE. sound, n. 1. noise; spec, bang, beat, blare, blast, boom, bourdon, buzz, cacophony, chime, ..."

2. An Inquiry Into the Principles of Harmony in Language, and of the Mechanism by William Mitford (1804)
"ACCORDING to our preceding definitions Euphony and cacophony, in language, ... if cacophony abounds, any powers of harmony it may ..."

3. Bulletin of the Philosophical Society of Washington by Philosophical Society of Washington (1906)
"cacophony.—There is a natural aversion in most languages to the consecutive ... Notice the artifices employed in the different languages to avoid cacophony. ..."

4. Richard Strauss, the Man and His Works by Henry Theophilus Finck (1917)
"XIX FROM DISSONANCE TO cacophony Reviewing the facts presented in the preceding pages, we see how uninformed and unjust those are who claim that Liszt was ..."

5. Latin Prosody Made Easy by John Carey, Terentianus Maurus (1830)
"... in point of euphony on cacophony, as if it were inseparable. Wherefore, when I say that ... cacophony ..."

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