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cacophony

noun

  1. (noise)  a loud harsh or strident noise
    Synonyms: blare, blaring, clamor [American spelling], clamour [British/Canadian spelling], din. Type...
  2. (dissonance)  loud confusing disagreeable sounds
    Type of: dissonance

Etymology summary

probably via French cacophonie from Medieval Latin cacophonia from Greek...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural] | dissonance [synonym, sense-specific]

harsh discordant sound; dissonance | the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language (14 of 456 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cacophony

Wikipedia:

Phonaesthetics | euphony | cacophony

the study of the inherent pleasantness or unpleasantness of the sound of certain words, phrases, and sentences. Poetry is considered euphonic, as is well-crafted literary prose. Important phonaesthetic devices of poetry are rhyme, assonance and ... (35 of 382 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Phonaesthetics

Cacophony (disambiguation)

the demonstration of unpleasant phonaesthetics, or unpleasant, discordant sounds. Cacophony may also refer to: Batman: Cacophony, a comic book series | Cacophony (band), a heavy metal band | Cacophony Society, a seminal artist/culture-jamming group | ... (32 of 111 words, 5 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural] | dissonance [synonym] | babel [synonym] | blare [synonym] | bluster [synonym] | bowwow [synonym] | brawl [synonym] | bruit [archaic, synonym] | ...

harsh or discordant sound; "dissonance" [sense-specific] ; specifically, harshness in the sound of words or phrases (16 of 243 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cacophony

Britannica Encyclopedia:

euphony and cacophony [sound] | euphony | cacophony

sound patterns used in verse to achieve opposite effects: euphony is pleasing and harmonious; cacophony is harsh and discordant. Euphony is achieved ... (22 of 158 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/195378​/euphony-and-cacophony

Oxford Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

a harsh discordant mixture of sounds (6 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cacophony

Random House Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

harsh discordance of sound; dissonance. | a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds. | [music] frequent use of discords of a harshness and ... (21 of 49 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cacophony

American Heritage Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance | The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect. (18 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cacophony

New World Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural] | cacophonous [adjective, related] | cacophonously [adverb, related]

harsh, jarring sound; dissonance (4 of 36 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cacophony

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cacophony [singular] | cacophonous [adjective, related]

an unpleasant mixture of loud sounds (6 of 32 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cacophony

Cambridge Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonous [adjective, derived]

an unpleasant mixture of loud sounds (6 of 29 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cacophony

Wiktionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural] | dissonance [synonym]

A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance. (6 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cacophony

Encarta Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

an unpleasant combination of loud, often jarring, sounds | the use of harsh unpleasant sounds in language, e.g. for literary effect (20 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861593938​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

Origin: probably via French cacophonie from Medieval Latin cacophonia from Greek kakophōnia from kakophōnos, harsh-sounding from ... (15 of 22 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōnia, from kakophōnos "ill-sounding", from kakos "bad" + phōnē "sound"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cacophony

Wiktionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

Origin: French cacophonie, from Ancient Greek κακοφωνία (kakophonia), from κακός (kakos, "bad") + φωνή (phonē, "voice").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cacophony

American Heritage Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

Origin: French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōniā, from kakophōnos, cacophonous; see "cacophonous".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cacophony

Merriam-Webster:

cacophony

First use: 1797

Origin: Greek kakophōnos, from kak- + phōnē voice, sound

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cacophony

Encarta Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: French from Greek kakophōnia from kakophōnos "bad-sounding"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861593938​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cacophony"

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Collins Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cacophony"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cacophony

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cacophony [singular]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cacophony"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cacophony

Macmillan American Dictionary:

cacophony [singular]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cacophony"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

cacophony

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "cacophony"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "cacophony"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cacophony

the Free Dictionary:

cacophony

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "cacophony"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "cacophony"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "cacophony" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

cacophony | cacophonies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "cacophony"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

cacophony

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cacophony"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=cacoph​02 word=cacophony

YourDictionary Audio:

cacophony

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cacophony" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

cacophony

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cacophony" by speech synthesizer

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