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Definition 1: disagreeable sounds - [noun denoting attribute]

(dissonance is a kind of ...) an attribute of sound

(... is a kind of dissonance ) a harsh mixture of sounds

(... is a kind of dissonance ) a lack of harmony

(... is a kind of dissonance ) loud confusing disagreeable sounds

Definition 2: the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where dissonance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • modern music is just noise to me

Synonyms for dissonance in the sense of this definition

(dissonance is a kind of ...) the subjective sensation of hearing something

"he strained to hear the faint sounds"

Definition 3: a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for dissonance in the sense of this definition

(dissonance is a kind of ...) a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests

"his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post" "a conflict of loyalties"

(... is a kind of dissonance ) lack of unity (usually resulting from dissension)

(... is a kind of dissonance ) a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)

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