Dissonant Dis"so*nant, a. [L. dissonans, -antis, p. pr. of dissonare to disagree in sound, be discordant; dis- + sonare to sound: cf. F. dissonant. See {Sonant}.] 1. Sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious. [1913 Webster]

With clamor of voices dissonant and loud. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to. ``Anything dissonant to truth.'' --South. [1913 Webster]

What can be dissonant from reason and nature than that a man, naturally inclined to clemency, should show himself unkind and inhuman? --Hakewill. [1913 Webster]

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