V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. harsh or sudden sounds; 2. sounds out of harmony

Synonyms: dissonance, discord, disharmony, clamor, noise

Antonyms: harmony

Tips: Cacophony can describe any combination of loud, usually unpleasant sounds, but it is very often used to describe musical sounds that are not in harmony. For a memory trick, note how cacophony looks like cocoon and symphony combined. Now, imagine walking by a cocoon and hearing symphony music coming from the cocoon. Due to the bad acoustic environment of the cocoon, the music sounds horrible--it's a cacophony of sound.

Usage Examples:

My friends tried to serenade me with violins and flutes, but the result was more cacophony than concert. (noise, discord)

As the star entered the auditorium, his ears were met with a cacophony of shouts and cheers from the crowd. (dissonance, clamor)

The cacophony of the little boy's drum banging hurt my ears. (clamor, noise)

That song was more cacophony than music. (discord, clamor)

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