• WordNet 3.6
    • adj discordant not in agreement or harmony "views discordant with present-day ideas"
    • adj discordant lacking in harmony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discordant Disagreeing; incongruous; being at variance; clashing; opposing; not harmonious. "The discordant elements out of which the emperor had compounded his realm did not coalesce."
    • Discordant (Mus) Dissonant; not in harmony or musical concord; harsh; jarring; as, discordant notes or sounds. "For still their music seemed to start Discordant echoes in each heart."
    • Discordant (Geol) Said of strata which lack conformity in direction of bedding, either as in unconformability, or as caused by a fault.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discordant Not harmoniously related or connected; disagreeing; incongruous; contradictory; being at variance; clashing: as, discordant opinions; discordant rules or principles.
    • discordant Opposite; contrary; not coincident: as, the discordant attractions of comets or of different planets.
    • discordant Inharmonious; dissonant; harsh, grating, or disagreeable to the ear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Discordant without concord or agreement: inconsistent: contradictory: harsh: jarring
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  • Plutarch
    “Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.”
  • Charles Burney
    Charles Burney
    “Discord occasions a momentary distress to the ear, which remains unsatisfied, and even uneasy, until it hears something better.”
  • Sallust
    “By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. discordant, descordaunt, OF. descordant, discordant, F. discordant, p. pr. of discorder, OF. also, descorder,. See Discord (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. descord—L. discordiadis, neg., and cor, cordis, the heart.


In literature:

The new mistress sowed divisions and discord with a lavish hand.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
It seems to me to do nothing but sow discord and violence.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Flocks of wild ducks fluttered close to the lake surface, filling the morning air with discordant quacking.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
There was no discordant note.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
The latter are discordant and abrupt vibrations, whereas the former are regular and continuous.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Some previously discordant strings were brought to the proper tune.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
At the marriage of the sea-nymph Thetis with a mortal called Peleus, all the gods and goddesses were present, except Eris (the goddess of Discord).
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Than to sow discord 'mongst the enemies.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
I am sorry to say that my colleague's honeymoon did not last long, although it was not interrupted by domestic discord.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer

In poetry:

For a time away from the tumult,
Shut in from the care and the strife,
Away from the gloom and the discord,
That seemed to encircle my life.
"Treasured Moments" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
May faith, deep rooted in the soul,
Subdue our flesh, our minds control;
May guile depart, and discord cease,
And all within be joy and peace.
"O Jesus, Lord of Heavenly Grace" by Augusta Treverorum
And those who heard the Singers three
Disputed which the best might be;
For still their music seemed to start
Discordant echoes in each heart,
"By The Fireside : The Singers" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"These are the three great chords of might,
And he whose ear is tuned aright
Will hear no discord in the three,
But the most perfect harmony."
"By The Fireside : The Singers" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And prompt in duty; heed the deep,
Low voice of conscience; through the ill
And discord round about you, keep
Your faith in human nature still.
"At School-Close" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O moaning wind along the shore,
How faint thy sobbing accents come!
Strike on my heart with maddest roar,
Thou meet'st no discord in this home.
"Memory" by William Ellery Channing

In news:

LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony and Mike D'Antoni have put the red, white and blue ahead of any discord that may have festered when the two shared the orange and blue in New York.
A rollicking, surreal, and existential kids' Western that worships at the altars of Sergio Leone, Hunter S Thompson, and Chinatown, Rango drowns under the weight of discordant objectives and influences.
He sat at the piano and played a 10-note discord.
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada – Grenada's minister of tourism, civil aviation and culture has resigned in a move that is expected to raise tensions within the prime minister's discordant government.
But all the discordant parts fit together.
Government Discord Derails Massive Merger.
Since this is the central question of economic policy at the moment, such a discordance of views is rather disturbing.
Dirty Projectors Mix Discordance and Pop Showmanship at the Wiltern.
Bay Street Opens With Discordant Drama.
Our song is discordant .
Mining The Dark And The Discordant .
Most couples affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa live in discordant relationships.
Runaway productions sound discordant note.
New DVD releases look at family discord in Iran, Vietnam War, chimps' fragile existence.
A Folk-Song Writer Is Stilled by Discordant Grief.

In science:

In Sec. 5 I show the relation between the EPR argument and entanglement, while in Sec. 6 I show how Bohr’s notion of disturbance relates to the notion of quantum discord.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
The reason, as I explained in the Introduction, is that it was at the level of formal argument that Bohr responded to the EPR paper, and it is at this level that the connection to discord lies.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
Rather, it turns out that what is critical to Bohr’s theorem is the existence of quantum discord.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
In quantum information theory this is not the case, and for some states ̺c , the Alice-discord δ(β |a, c) is nonzero for all possible measurements.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
We now show how Alice-discord is intimately related to Bohr’s notion of disturbance, in that ∀ φ ∈ Q, (cid:2)¬Disc(β |c) ⇐⇒ ∀ ˆa, ∃ a ∈ Sˆa|c : ¬DistBohr (β |a, c)(cid:3) .
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR