Definition of Strike a chord

1. Verb. Create an emotional response. "The music struck a chord with the listeners"

Generic synonyms: Come Across, Resonate

2. Verb. Refer to or be relevant or familiar to. "I hope this message hits home!"
Exact synonyms: Hit Home, Strike A Note, Strike Home
Generic synonyms: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike

3. Verb. Evoke a reaction, response, or emotion. "The storyteller touched a chord"
Exact synonyms: Touch A Chord
Generic synonyms: Arouse, Elicit, Enkindle, Evoke, Fire, Kindle, Provoke, Raise

Lexicographical Neighbors of Strike A Chord

strike-slip fault
strike a balance
strike a blow
strike a chord (current term)
strike a nerve
strike a note
strike back
strike bowler
strike bowlers
strike breaking
strike down
strike dumb
strike force
strike gold
strike hard
strike home
strike it lucky
strike leader

Literary usage of Strike a chord

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology: A Study of Mental Life by Robert Sessions Woodworth (1921)
"Sometimes, indeed, we do make an actual motor response to two or more stimuli, as when we strike a chord of several notes on the piano. ..."

2. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1846)
"... yon've done for yourself." " Sorry for it," replied the cool old gentleman. " I've sounded you, have I ? Oh ! did I try to strike a chord in that hollow ..."

3. A Text-book of Human Physiology: Designed for the Use of Practitioners and by Austin Flint (1876)
"If we now strike a chord in harmony with the undamped string, this chord will be exactly returned by influence. In other words, a string may be made to ..."

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