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Definition of "discordance" [dis•cord•ance]

  • The state or an instance of disagreement; discord. (noun)
  • Genetics The presence of a given genetic trait in only one member of a pair of identical twins. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "discordance" in a sentence
  • "The divergent scales of values scream in discordance, they dazzle and daze us, and in order that it might not be painful we steer clear of all other values, as though from insanity, as though from illusion, and we confidently judge the whole world according to our own home values."
  • "Since then there are some imaginations which may, and others which may not be rejected, it is lawful for us to retain our assent concerning them, though there were no other cause but this discordance, which is sufficient to work in us a suspicion of things, as having nothing certain and assured, but being altogether full of obscurity and perturbation."
  • "The term "discordance" is the opposite -- a condition in one twin but not in the other twin."