• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dissonant not in accord "desires at variance with his duty","widely discrepant statements"
    • adj dissonant lacking in harmony
    • adj dissonant characterized by musical dissonance; harmonically unresolved
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dissonant Disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to. "Anything dissonant to truth.""What can be dissonant from reason and nature than that a man, naturally inclined to clemency, should show himself unkind and inhuman?"
    • Dissonant Sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious. "With clamor of voices dissonant and loud."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dissonant Discordant in sound; harsh; jarring; inharmonious; unpleasant to the ear: as, dissonant tones or intervals.
    • dissonant Discordant in general; disagreeing; incongruous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dissonant dis′o-nant not agreeing or harmonising in sound: without concord or harmony: disagreeing
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  • Alfred Jarry
    Alfred Jarry
    “It is conventional to call monster any blending of dissonant elements. I call monster every original inexhaustible beauty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dissonans, -antis, p. pr. of dissonare, to disagree in sound, be discordant; dis-, + sonare, to sound: cf. F. dissonant,. See Sonant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. dissonans, -antisdis, apart, sonāre, to sound.


In literature:

A more dissonant uproar now astounded the ears of Bob than ever issued from the hounds at falt in the field or at variance in the kennel!
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
It is no privileged wonderland removed from the dissonance and change of a crowded technological age.
"The Nation's River" by United States Department of the Interior
Even the harmonious Pope preferred the harsh dissonance of a street organ to Handel's oratorios.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
It produced comparatively little foundation tone and a powerful chord of harmonics, many of them dissonant.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
Then Edwin was conscious of dissonances.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Upon reflection, it will not appear surprising that Amine rejected a creed so dissonant to her wishes and intentions.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
Cicero found it barren and dissonant, and as such he had to deal with it.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
Our emotion should strike chords so strong and true that no minor dissonances of varying temperaments can make them ring false.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
A little too inclined to a high and brittle sort of dissonance over which she seemed to have no control.
"Americans All" by Various
Could love exist between two natures so widely dissonant?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli

In poetry:

The dissonance and pain
That mortals must endure,
Are changed in thine immortal strain
To something great and pure.
"Storm-Music" by Henry Van Dyke
How blest to rise
With song of praise, unto that tuneful choir
Whose harps are ne'er unstrung, and have no tone
Of weary dissonance.
"Mrs. Frederick Tyler," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Oh there are those who love the pensive song
To whom all sounds of Mirth are dissonant!
There are who at this hour
Will love to contemplate!
"Ode Written On The First Of January" by Robert Southey
But, as he cleaves yon ether clear
Notes from the unattempted Sphere
He scatters to the enchanted ear
Of earth's dim throng,
Whose dissonance doth more endear
The showering song.
"Shelley's Centenary" by William Watson
Holy silence of Thanksgiving!
With the presence of the living,
With the peace the season takes,
Falling with the falling snowflakes,
After the harrowing dissonance
And sorrowing of wars!
"The First Thanksgiving Day After The War" by Annie Adams Fields
I pernoctated with the Oxford students once,
And in the quadrangles, in the cloisters, on the Cher,
Precociously knocked at antique doors ajar,
Fatuously touched the hems of the Hierophants,
Sick of my dissonance;
"An American Addresses Philomela" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

For some people, contemporary opera conjures visions of harsh dissonances, forbidding characters and outlandish stagings.
Canadian bassist Michael Bates uses "Dance of Death," an oddly dissonant piece by Dmitri Shostakovich, as a springboard into eight exploratory originals that allude to various melodies by the 20th-century Russian composer.
And even symbolic shows of civil authority in the dealings of the city trigger large-scale cognitive dissonance at this point.
'A Late Quartet': beautiful music, dissonant relationships.
Helping a Dissonant Psyche Sing.
To the sound of a nostalgic yet dissonantly experimental bluegrass, four dancers reach, crouch and cringe at wild angles.
One must approach Chinatown with a certain cognitive dissonance.
It seems more akin to picking a fight than choosing a genre, yet Pillow Fight Accident picks and explores and abuses the cracks between the keys in sharp twists that go from horribly dissonant to mildly serene.
T he Turtle Island String Quartet is on the house sound system, flirting with dissonance before the tension slingshots the musicians through their four-part polyphonic puzzle.
A dissonant song of cash withdrawal plays at the Venice Biennale.
For all their retro-reverence, Sleigh Bells aren't a nostalgia act — they're the future-perfect and imperviously eternal now of pure teenage dissonance.
Michael Jackson's death on June 25 provided an opportunity to observe a couple of fascinating things: how really, really big news travels, and the world's massive, collective cognitive dissonance over how to react to the event.
All Blogs Dont Quote Me Cognitavely dissonant tidbit of the day.
Jeanne Disson, left, as Lisa with Zoé Heran as Laure/Michael in.
INTERVIEWS Scott Walker Previews 'Bish Bosch' With Brilliantly Dissonant Twofer .

In science:

Harmon-Jones, E., & Judson M. (Eds). (1999). Cognitive Dissonance: Progress on a Pivotal Theory in Social Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Harmon-Jones, E. (2004).
Curiosity and Pleasure
From cognitive dissonance to the motivational functions of emotions.
Curiosity and Pleasure
In other words, there is a cognitive dissonance between the observer’s mental image of the system’s design stated in L1 and his contemporaneous observation of the system’s behavior stated in L2 .
Definability in the Real Universe
These are simply states that are both Alice-concordant and Bob-concordant and may be called consonant states (in that they have zero dissonance ).
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
Another important musical element is the harmony that is built upon chords with a number of tones, which brings out the sense of consonance and dissonance, the feeling of tension and harmonic motion, etc. according to the frequency ratios of those tones.
Music in Terms of Science