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Definition: 1. disagreement or incompatibility, especially of beliefs; 2. discordant musical notes or clashing, unpleasant sounds

Synonyms: discord, cacophony, disharmony, disagreement, incompatibility, inconsistency, incongruity

Antonyms: harmony, consonance

Tips: The word dissonance is sometimes used in the expression "cognitive dissonance" when used to refer to the internal conflict that arises when someone tries to hold contrary beliefs simultaneously. The related adjective dissonant refers to anything that is incongruous, inharmonious, irregular, or conflicting and inconsistent.

Usage Examples:

The junior high school band's concert unfortunately featured more dissonance than harmony. (disharmony)

To a vegetarian, loving animals and eating meat are dissonant with one another. (incompatible, inconsistent) adjective

The dissonant sound of the young, new musicians was hard to endure, even for the children's parents. (unpleasant to hear) adjective

The dissonance between the two project managers was reflected in the poor quality of the joint project report. (disharmony, disagreement, incompatibility)

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