Definition of Dissonance

1. Noun. A conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters.

Exact synonyms: Disagreement, Dissension
Generic synonyms: Conflict
Specialized synonyms: Disunity, Divide
Antonyms: Agreement
Derivative terms: Disagree, Dissent

2. Noun. The auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience. "Modern music is just noise to me"
Exact synonyms: Noise, Racket
Generic synonyms: Auditory Sensation, Sound
Derivative terms: Dissonant, Dissonate, Noise

3. Noun. Disagreeable sounds.
Generic synonyms: Sound Property
Specialized synonyms: Discord, Discordance, Disharmony, Inharmoniousness, Cacophony
Derivative terms: Dissonant, Dissonate
Antonyms: Harmony

Definition of Dissonance

1. n. A mingling of discordant sounds; an inharmonious combination of sounds; discord.

Definition of Dissonance

1. Noun. a harsh, discordant combination of sounds ¹

2. Noun. (music) conflicting notes that are not overtones of the note or chord sounding ¹

3. Noun. a state of disagreement or conflict ¹

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Definition of Dissonance

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Medical Definition of Dissonance

1. In social psychology and attitude theory, an aversive state which arises when an individual is minimally aware of inconsistency or conflict within himself. See: cognitive dissonance theory. Origin: L. Dissonus, discordant, confused (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dissonance

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dissolving agent
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Literary usage of Dissonance

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1. The Material Used in Musical Composition: A System of Harmony Designed by Percy Goetschius (1913)
"The simplest dissonance is the interval of a seventh, which results naturally from adding one higher 3rd to the intervals of the triad. See par. 46a. ..."

2. The Genesis of Art-form: An Essay in Comparative æsthetics Showing the by George Lansing Raymond (1893)
"CONSONANCE, dissonance, AND INTERCHANGE. ... Consonance—dissonance—Harmonizing of the two—Musical Consonance —dissonance—Consonance in Color in Connection ..."

3. A System of Harmony: Founded on Key Relationship, by Means of which a by Hugh Archibald Clarke, Homer Albert Norris (1903)
"dissonance. All chords formed of more than three notes are called dissonant chords. ... i The chief characteristic of dissonance is incompleteness; ..."

4. Music (1897)
"CONSONANCE AND dissonance. BY BERTRAM C. HENRY. ... A consonance isi a "sounding together;" a dissonance is a "sounding apart. ..."

5. The Nature of Harmony and Metre by Moritz Hauptmann (1888)
"then, is given the determination that this dissonance must be a metrical First and its resolution a metrical Second ; that the dissonance must stand upon ..."

6. The Five Senses of Man by Julius Bernstein (1876)
"If two tones are dissonant which are separated by the interval of a tone or a semitone, we must suppose that the sensation of dissonance would be increased ..."

7. Counterpoint Simplified: A Text-book in Simple Strict Counterpoint by Francis Lodowick York (1907)
"It is perfectly allowable in Free Counterpoint to prepare one dissonance by another, ... 92a, even taking the dissonance by a leap as at Fig. 926. 92. ..."

8. The Philosophy of Music: Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures by William Pole (1895)
"39), after calling it dissonant— " But here I must make a remark in regard to the idea of dissonance, namely, that the expressions often used, ..."

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