lack of harmony among musical notes: an unusual degree of dissonance for such choral styles the harsh dissonances give a sound that is quite untypical of the Renaissance
a tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements: dissonance between campaign rhetoric and personal behavior
late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin dissonantia, from Latin dissonant- 'not agreeing in sound', from the verb dissonare
There was a moan from Aunt Benita. Her spotlessly clean kitchen was being overrun by a colony of ants.
Uncle Benny said, "Don' worry, Honey. I got some stuff dat do de trick. Just put some of dis on ants
and dey go away to die."
Benita didn't heed the advice of her good-hearted husband. She felt a dissonance
at the thought of using a poison around the spotless kitchen counters where she would make their supper. She stirred the marinara as she thought through some other options.
Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.