adjective Etymology: Greek kakophōnos, from kak- + phōnē voice, sound — more at ban Date: 1797 marked by cacophony ; harsh-sounding • cacophonously adverb

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  • cacophonous — index discordant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cacophonous — [adj] harsh sounding clinking, discordant, disharmonic, dissonant, grating, ill sounding, immusical, inharmonious, jangly, jarring, noisy, raucous, sour, strident, unmusical; concepts 592,594 Ant. quiet …   New thesaurus

  • cacophonous — [[t]kəkɒ̱fənəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a mixture of sounds as cacophonous, you mean that they are loud and unpleasant. ... 60s sounding guitars and cacophonous vocals. Ant: harmonious …   English dictionary

  • Cacophonous — Cacophonic Cac o*phon ic, Cacophonical Cac o*phon ic*al, Cacophonous Ca*coph o*nous, Cacophonious Cac o*pho ni*ous, a. Harsh sounding. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cacophonous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ill sounding, dissonant, discordant, raucous; see harsh 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [kuh KOF uh nus] harsh sounding, jarring, especially designating incongruent sounds heard over one another.… …   English dictionary for students

  • cacophonous — cacophony ► NOUN (pl. cacophonies) ▪ a harsh discordant mixture of sounds. DERIVATIVES cacophonous adjective. ORIGIN Greek kakoph nia, from kakoph nos ill sounding …   English terms dictionary

  • cacophonous — adjective having an unpleasant sound as cacophonous as a henyard John McCarten • Syn: ↑cacophonic • Ant: ↑euphonious • Similar to: ↑cackly, ↑squawky, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cacophonous — cacophonously, adv. /keuh kof euh neuhs/, adj. having a harsh or discordant sound. [1790 1800; < Gk kakóphonos. See CACO , PHONE, OUS] Syn. dissonant, strident, grating, raucous. * * * …   Universalium

  • cacophonous — adjective Containing, consisting of or producing harsh, unpleasant or discordant sounds Syn: inharmonious, unmusical, unmelodic Ant: harmonious, musical, euphoni …   Wiktionary

  • cacophonous — ca·coph·o·nous || kæ kÉ’fÉ™nÉ™s adj. having a discordant sound, discordant, inharmonious, jarring …   English contemporary dictionary

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