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dissonant

dis·so·nant

dissonant

 
pronunciation:
dI s nnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not in harmony; discordant.
His music breaks from traditional harmonies and is intentionally dissonant.The audience cringed at the loud and highly dissonant chord.
antonyms:
consonant, harmonious
definition 2: marked by disagreement or conflict.
She was exhausted after another dissonant meeting of the committee.
antonyms:
consonant, harmonious
derivation: dissonantly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word dissonant contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.