discord

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Circa 1230, Middle English descorde, discorde; from Anglo-Norman, Old French descort (derivative of descorder), descorde (disagreement); from Latin discordia, from discors (disagreeing, disagreement), from dis- (apart) + cor, cordis (heart).

Verb derives from Middle English discorden, from Anglo-Norman, Old French descorder, from Latin discordāre, from discord-, as above.

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discord (countable and uncountable, plural discords)

  1. Lack of concord, agreement or harmony.
  2. Tension or strife resulting from a lack of agreement; dissension.
  3. (music) An inharmonious combination of simultaneously sounded tones; a dissonance.
  4. Any harsh noise, or confused mingling of sounds.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      For a discord itself is but a harshness of divers sounds meeting.

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discord (third-person singular simple present discords, present participle discording, simple past and past participle discorded)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To disagree; to fail to agree or harmonize; clash.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      the one discording with the other
  2. (transistive, rare) To untie things which are connected by a cord.