noun dis·cord \ˈdis-ˌkrd\

: lack of agreement between people, ideas, etc.

: an unpleasant combination of musical notes

Full Definition of DISCORD

a :  lack of agreement or harmony (as between persons, things, or ideas)
b :  active quarreling or conflict resulting from discord among persons or factions :  strife
a (1) :  a combination of musical sounds that strikes the ear harshly (2) :  dissonance
b :  a harsh or unpleasant sound

Origin of DISCORD

Middle English descorde, discord, from Anglo-French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of DISCORD

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism <a political party long racked by discord>. strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved <during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife>. conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires <the conflict of freedom and responsibility>. contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy <several points of contention about the new zoning law>. dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions <religious dissension threatened to split the colony>. variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest <cultural variances that work against a national identity>.


verb dis·cord \ˈdis-ˌkrd, dis-ˈ\

Definition of DISCORD

intransitive verb

Origin of DISCORD

Middle English, from Anglo-French descorder, from Latin discordare, from discord-, discors discordant, from dis- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart
First Known Use: 14th century
DISCORD Defined for Kids


noun dis·cord \ˈdis-ˌkrd\

Definition of DISCORD for Kids

:  lack of agreement or harmony :  conflict <Money problems caused family discord.>

Word Root of DISCORD

The Latin word cor, meaning heart, and its form cordis give us the root cord. Words from the Latin cor have something to do with the heart. When there is discord, or disagreement, hearts are apart. When there is accord, or agreement, hearts have moved together. Anything that is cordial, such as a welcome, comes from the heart.


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