Etymology: Middle English descorde, discord, from Anglo-French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors
Date: 13th century
a. lack of agreement or harmony (as between persons, things, or ideas)
b. active quarreling or conflict resulting from discord among persons or factions ; strife
(1) a combination of musical sounds that strikes the ear harshly
b. a harsh or unpleasant sound
discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism <a political party long racked by discord>. strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved <during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife>. conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires <the conflict of freedom and responsibility>. contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy <several points of contention about the new zoning law>. dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions <religious dissension threatened to split the colony>. variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest <cultural variances that work against a national identity>. II. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French descorder, from Latin discordare, from discord-, discors discordant, from dis- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart Date: 14th century disagree, clash
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.