a. not harmonious; conflicting; disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant
Nothing is quite so discordant as the sound of a junior high school orchestra tuning up.
Sentence in Classic:
There is no longer the measured quiet sound of throbbing activity, like the sound of boiling water, but diverse discordant sounds of disorder.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Sikes struck, by way of Chiswell Street, into Barbican: thence into Long Lane, and so into Smithfield; from which latter place arose a tumult of discordant sounds that filled Oliver Twist with amazement.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
In such emergencies, Judy would usually have turned to Lily to fuse the discordant elements; and Miss Bart, assuming that such a service was expected of her, threw herself into it with her accustomed zeal.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
There were women in the mob near Decatur Street, garishly dressed women whose bright finery and painted faces gave a discordant note of holiday.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
However, as they had left their cars blocking the road a harsh discordant din from those in the rear had been audible for some time and added to the already violent confusion of the scene.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Context
To show himself independent of me, he would start and stagger through with his hymn in the most discordant manner.
The Narrative of the Life By Frederick Douglass Context