an arrangement of harsh or grating sounds to annoy or create conflict or tension.
a loud harsh or strident noise
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
A grouping of harsh, discordant sounds.
A discordant or dissonant sound.
(Gk. kakos 'bad, evil' + phone 'voice' adj. cacophonous; ¨ë¦ÕªºÁnµ): 'Bad-sounding'.
(Also known as DISSONANCE) Refers to language which seems harsh, rough and unmusical – the discordancy is the combined effect of meaning and difficulty of pronunciation as well as sound. (The opposite of CACOPHONY IS EUPHONY).
n. A disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones.
is the term in poetry refers to the use of words that combine sharp, harsh, hissing, or unmelodious sounds. They are often difficult to speak aloud. It is the opposite of euphony. Example: finger of birth-strangled babe.