Dissonance is a feeling of confusion or dissatisfaction. When two things are dissonant, they don't match or they don't sound right together.

  • The music was dissonant because the sound of the violin was not matching the sound of the piano.

  • The new policy is dissonant with the old policy because it's more open.

Definition of dissonance


the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience


noise, racket


a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters


disagreement, dissension


disagreeable sounds

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Example Sentences for dissonance

  • 1

    The chord is slightly dissonant.

  • 2

    In western music it is equivalent of the 'dissonant'.

  • 3

    Please excuse the cognitive dissonance.

  • 4

    The ssychological name is cognitive dissonance.

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    In this sense, the concept of dissonance is re interpreted.

  • 6

    The album was preceded by the album The Dissonance of Discontent.

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    The major ninth is somewhat dissonant in sound.

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    This is related to the psychological concept of cognitive dissonance.

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    But the surreal setting hints at dissonances, disturbing incongruities.

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    Mathcore is a rhythmically complex and dissonant style of metalcore.