cacophony

[ kuh-kof-uh-nee ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

a harsh discordant mixture of sounds

Origin + Etymology

from French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōnia, from kakophōnos ‘ill-sounding’, from kakos ‘bad’ + phōnē ‘sound’

Synonyms

  • din
  • racket
  • noise
  • discord
  • dissonance
  • discordance
  • caterwauling
  • screeching
  • jarring
  • grating
  • rasping

Antonyms

  • harmonious
  • serene
  • peaceful

Example

The cacophony produced by city traffic at midday gave me a headache.

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