Apple of discord
Discord Dis"cord`, n. [OE. discord, descord, OF. discorde, descorde, F. discorde, from L. discordia, fr. discors, -cordis, discordant, disagreeable; dis- + cor, cordis, heart; cf. F. discord, n., and OF. descorder, discorder, F. discorder, to discord, L. discordare, from discors. See {Heart}, and cf. {Discord}, v. i.] 1. Want of concord or agreement; absence of unity or harmony in sentiment or action; variance leading to contention and strife; disagreement; -- applied to persons or to things, and to thoughts, feelings, or purposes. [1913 Webster]

A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. --Prov. vi. 19. [1913 Webster]

Peace to arise out of universal discord fomented in all parts of the empire. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) Union of musical sounds which strikes the ear harshly or disagreeably, owing to the incommensurability of the vibrations which they produce; want of musical concord or harmony; a chord demanding resolution into a concord. [1913 Webster]

For a discord itself is but a harshness of divers sounds m???ing. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{Apple of discord}. See under {Apple}.

Syn: Variance; difference; opposition; contrariety; clashing; dissension; contention; strife; disagreement; dissonance. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Apple of discord — Apple Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apple of discord — n. 1. Gr. Myth. a golden apple marked “For the most beautiful,” claimed by Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite, and awarded by Paris to Aphrodite: in return, she helps him kidnap the beautiful Helen, thus starting the Trojan War 2. anything causing… …   English World dictionary

  • apple of discord — noun (classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord who had not been invited); the apple had for the fairest written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of …   Useful english dictionary

  • Apple of Discord — An apple of discord is a reference to the Golden Apple of Discord which, according to Greek mythology, the goddess Eris (Gr. Ερις, Strife ) said would go to the fairest at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, sparking a vanity fueled dispute between …   Wikipedia

  • apple of discord — Class. Myth. a golden apple inscribed For the fairest, thrown by Eris, goddess of discord, among the gods. Its award by Paris to Aphrodite caused events that led to the Trojan War. Cf. Helen, Paris. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • apple of discord — object of controversy or conflict, apple thrown into a banquet of gods and goddesses by the goddess discord (Classical Mythology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • APPLE OF DISCORD —    a golden apple inscribed with the words, To the most Beautiful, thrown in among the gods of Olympus on a particular occasion, contended for by Hera, Athena, and Aphrodité, and awarded by Paris of Troy, as referee, to Aphrodité, on promise that …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • apple of discord — noun an object of disputation and envy. {originally with reference to the apple inscribed for the fairest and thrown into an assembly of the Greek gods} …   Australian English dictionary

  • apple of discord — noun An object or topic which sows dissension and anger …   Wiktionary

  • Apple of love — Apple Ap ple ([a^]p p l), n. [OE. appel, eppel, AS. [ae]ppel, [ae]pl; akin to Fries. & D. appel, OHG, aphul, aphol, G. apfel, Icel. epli, Sw. [ a]ple, Dan. [ae]ble, Gael. ubhall, W. afal, Arm. aval, Lith. ob[*u]lys, Russ. iabloko; of unknown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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