discordance

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From Middle French discordance

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discordance (countable and uncountable, plural discordances)

  1. A state of being discordant; disagreement, inconsistency.
    • 1832, Isaac Taylor, Saturday Evening, Chapter XVIII:
      There will arise a thousand discordances of opinion.
    • 1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Chapter 15:
      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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