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From Middle French discordance.


discordance (countable and uncountable, plural discordances)

  1. A state of being discordant; disagreement, inconsistency.
    • 1832, [Isaac Taylor], chapter XVIII, in Saturday Evening. [], London: Holdsworth and Ball, →OCLC:
      There will arise a thousand discordances of opinion.
    • 1859, George Meredith, chapter 15, in The Ordeal of Richard Feverel. A History of Father and Son. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Chapman and Hall, →OCLC:
      To talk nonsense, or poetry, or the dash between the two, in a tone of profound sincerity, and to enunciate solemn discordances with received opinion so seriously as to convey the impression of a spiritual insight, is the peculiar gift by which monomaniacs, having first persuaded themselves, contrive to influence their neighbours, and through them to make conquest of a good half of the world, for good or for ill.
  2. Discordance of sounds; dissonance.
  3. (genetics) The presence of a specific genetic trait in only one of a set of clones (or identical twins).

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discordance f (plural discordances)

  1. discordance

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