Definition of discord in English:


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  • 1Disagreement between people.

    ‘a prosperous family who showed no signs of discord’
    • ‘That will not be accomplished by bickering and discord and infighting on a grand scale.’
    • ‘When you notice these vices - envy, discord, contention, quarrelling - chances are your place of work is in need of a spirituality for the work place.’
    • ‘There are signs of discord in the clubhouse, however.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is one reason society is plagued by so much family discord - with every conflict that arises, the first instinct is abandonment.’
    • ‘He's not afraid of discord - he'd rather have any disagreement out in the open.’
    • ‘After days of being nice and behaved he itched for some discord and strife.’
    • ‘He must join a party or create his own, which could lead to new discord among the opposition parties.’
    • ‘As long as this is the case there will necessarily arise discord and conflict.’
    • ‘There are many interpretations on the quarrels and discord between the two men.’
    • ‘It is such conflicting expert opinions that sow confusion and discord among banana farmers and deprive the industry of the confidence required to perform its pivotal role in our economic and social development.’
    • ‘There was no sign of the discord which divided the camp, no hint of the hesitation which plagued their play in that dramatic quarter-final, and no lack of creativity in their attack.’
    • ‘Although, for the most part these concerns are unwarranted, in certain cases disagreements about the nuclear intentions of a state can create discord among suppliers.’
    • ‘In conflict, communication wears two faces: It can create discord and lead to time-wasting arguments, or it can catalyze peaceful resolution and spark creative diversions.’
    • ‘Is there any discord between you and the Ministry of Culture and if so, why according to you is there miscommunication among institutions?’
    • ‘The condition is also linked with drug and alcohol abuse, memory problems, family discord and inability to function in social life.’
    • ‘One other factor is parental discord and lack of proper education.’
    • ‘Psychologists provide psychotherapy for a range of problems, from marital discord to personality disorders.’
    • ‘However, their understanding did not prevent discord between the inconsistent emperor and his subjects.’
    • ‘By acting as a facilitator, guide, or mediator, the chair may avoid discord among the trustees and also prevent future difficulties by keeping the board focused on its responsibilities.’
    • ‘‘In our study, it's more the direct exposure to the parents' discord that causes the problem,’ he says.’
    strife, conflict, friction, hostility
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    1. 1.1Lack of agreement or harmony between things.
      ‘the discord between indigenous and Western cultures’
      • ‘But at today's meetings and agreements, discord was quite apparent in the Group of Eight.’
      • ‘During periods of social upheaval or political discord, they experience heightened levels of violence and trauma, both physical and psychological, both within the home and outside it.’
      • ‘Scorn and religious guilt are not solutions to social discord.’
      • ‘At present, there is racial discord and disharmony among ethnic groups in our country.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that they have gone from a generally happy time in the 1990s to four years of deficit, discord and disappointment.’
      • ‘At the very heart of the idealistic enterprise was a source of potential difficulty and discord.’
      • ‘This idealized history had some effect, if not to stem the immediate social discord permanently, to produce a general desire for a more orderly world.’
      • ‘An expansion in the output of political stores is both self-limiting and involves the generation of social discord.’
      • ‘Think of discord, chaos, strife, anarchy, change, and confusion.’
      • ‘But in the midst of this harmony, there are sources of discord.’
      • ‘‘That's just typical of you journalists, trying to sow discord where once there was harmony,’ he spat.’
      • ‘So, what I tried to do here was to say religion doesn't have to be a source of discord and can be a source of harmony.’
      • ‘The nature of this disorder is primarily in a profound pathological discord between his intellectual and emotional life.’
      • ‘This has led to much discord within the various cultures and ethnicities.’
      • ‘As reasons for misunderstanding or discord diminish, both cultures will realize greater rewards.’
      • ‘They create divisions and discord, mislead, confuse, and worst of all, stifle the opposition.’
      • ‘Cultural discord has been resolved by the power of speech and the settling of people into their land.’
      • ‘Recent national events helped turn the simmering discord into open conflict.’
      • ‘The world lies in strife, in discord, in divergence.’
      • ‘With the introduction of the human race into the balance, everything began to fall into discord.’
  • 2Music
    Lack of harmony between notes sounding together.

    ‘the music faded in discord’
    • ‘Then an unwelcome sound stumbled into the song - one of discord - a sour note that did not belong and that would change everything.’
    • ‘Since the music unfolds within the set framework of the raga, there is more harmony and less discord.’
    • ‘With his best concentration it was still beyond him, the rhythms too disjointed, the shifts from discord into harmony too complex.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Darcy pounded hard on the piano keys, producing a sound of discord.’
    • ‘They sang in discord, their disharmony drowning out the sobbing, travelling to the ears of those who lingered in the church's car park.’
    dissonance, discordance, lack of harmony, disharmony, cacophony, jarring, jangling
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    1. 2.1A chord which (in conventional harmonic terms) is regarded as unpleasing or requiring resolution by another.
      ‘Haydn was again the chief model, but Beethoven introduced many daring innovations, including beginning the symphony with an out-of-key discord.’
      • ‘At times, however, music of great austerity and purity is shattered by painful, pounding discords.’
      • ‘Tuned to the harmonic series, it sounds along with the rhythm of the waves, and its sound is more ambient than tuneful, although you do hear elements of tune and resolving discords.’
    2. 2.2Any interval except unison, an octave, a perfect fifth or fourth, a major or minor third and sixth, or their octaves.
      • ‘Equally personal is Bellini's use of simple appoggiatura discords on strong beats, which combine with a ‘soft’ orchestration to give a movingly poignant effect.’
    3. 2.3A single note dissonant with another.



/ˈdiskôrd/ /ˈdɪskɔrd/

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1 archaic (of people) disagree.

    ‘we discorded commonly on two points’
    • ‘And on her side gentle thoughts and simple pleasures were odious to Mrs. Becky; they discorded with her; she hated people for liking them; she spurned children and children-lovers.’
    • ‘The morn thereafter he discorded with Overbury, who would have him intend a suit that was unlawful.’
    • ‘The Frenchmen however discording with the English, departed and left Captain Morgan and his countrymen to seek fortune in their own way.’
    1. 1.1(of things) be different or in disharmony.
      ‘the party's views were apt to discord with those of the leading members of the administration’
      • ‘In contemplation of the resentment of Hyder, and the progress of his power, the party, the views of which were apt to discord with those of the leading members of the government, had strongly urged upon them the necessity of making preparations against the invasion.’
      • ‘Exactly because of that reason I will need to discord with the part of the article defending that companies are able to ‘create’ needs within customers.’



/ˈdiskôrd/ /ˈdɪskɔrd/ /disˈkôrd/ /dɪsˈkɔrd/


Middle English from Old French descord (noun), descorder (verb), from Latin discordare, from discors ‘discordant’, from dis- (expressing negation, reversal) + cor, cord- ‘heart’.