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harsh discordance of sound; dissonance:
a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds:
the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.
Contemporary Examples

Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest David Freedlander December 11, 2014
Fire and Forget: After Homecoming, Veterans Collect Stories of War Roy Scranton November 25, 2012
A Camp Away From Terror: Where Israeli and Palestinian Kids Find Common Ground Nina Strochlic August 3, 2014
Cracking the Facebook Code Thomas E. Weber October 17, 2010
Interview With Edmund Phelps The Daily Beast July 12, 2009

Historical Examples

Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
Little Brother Cory Doctorow
Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

noun (pl) -nies
harsh discordant sound; dissonance
the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language


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