discord
I. noun Etymology: Middle English descorde, discord, from Anglo-French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors Date: 13th century 1. 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 2. a. (1) a combination of musical sounds that strikes the ear harshly (2) dissonance b. a harsh or unpleasant sound Synonyms: 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
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. 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
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. 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
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. contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy <
several points of contention about the new zoning law
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. dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions <
religious dissension threatened to split the colony
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. 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
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. 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

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  • discord — 1. (di skor ; le d ne se lie jamais : un di skor éclatant ; au pluriel, l s ne se lie pas : des di skor éclatants ; cependant quelques uns la lient : des di skor z éclatants) s. m. 1°   État de ceux qui ne s accordent pas. •   Qui sache, en… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discord — n Discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, difference, variance mean a state or condition marked by disagreement and lack of harmony or the acts or circumstances which manifest such a state or condition. Discord implies not only a want… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Discord — may refer to: Dissonance (music) Discord may also refer to: Discord (album), an album and single released by the punk rock band Bomb Factory Dischord Records, a punk and alternative record label Discordia, a Roman goddess equivalent to the Greek… …   Wikipedia

  • discord — DISCÓRD, Ă adj. Care nu este acordat, discordat. ♦ Care nu are armonie, nearmonios. [< fr. discord]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 22.02.2005. Sursa: DN  DISCÓRD s.n. Poezie lirică medievală de origine provensală, cu o structură neregulată prin… …   Dicționar Român

  • discord — Discord, m. acut. Dissension, Discordia. Dont il est fait. Qui engendre discord, Discordialis. Mettre en discord, Seditionem concitare, Dissidium serere. Il y a grand discord entre eux, Grauiter dissentiunt inter se, Dissident …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Discord — Dis*cord , v. i. [OE. discorden, descorden, from the French. See {Discord}, n.] To disagree; to be discordant; to jar; to clash; not to suit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The one discording with the other. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discord — [n1] conflict, disagreement animosity, antagonism, antipathy, clash, clashing, collision, contention, difference, disaccord, discordance, discrepancy, disharmony, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, division …   New thesaurus

  • discord — [dis′kôrd΄; ] for v., usually [ dis kôrd′] n. [ME < OFr descorde < L discordia < discors (gen. discordis), discordant < dis , apart + cor, HEART] 1. lack of concord; disagreement; dissension; conflict 2. a harsh or confused noise, as… …   English World dictionary

  • Discord — Discord, Cap an der Ostküste von Grönland …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • discord — I noun animosity, antagonism, argumentation, bickering, clashing, conflict, contention, controversy, difference, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, discongruity, discordance, discordia, discrepancy, disharmony, disparity, dispute, dissensio …   Law dictionary

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