consonance

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From Old French, from Latin consonantia

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consonance (countable and uncountable, plural consonances)

Examples (prosody)

lady lounges lazily, dark deep dread crept in

  1. (prosody) The repetition of consonant sounds, but not vowels as in assonance.
  2. (chiefly music) Harmony; agreement; lack of discordance.
    • 1865, John Tyndall, On Radiation: The "Rede" Lecture, Delivered in the Senate-house Before the University of Cambridge on Tuesday, May 16, 1865, page 33
      Like a musical string, the optic nerve responds to the waves with which it is in consonance, while it refuses to be excited by others of almost infinitely greater energy, whose period of recurrence are not in unison with its own.

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