noun, plural ca·coph·o·nies.

  1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
  2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
  3. Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

noun plural -nies

  1. harsh discordant sound; dissonance
  2. the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language

1650s, from Greek kakophonia, from kakophonos “harsh sounding,” from kakos “bad, evil” (see caco-) + phone “voice” (see fame (n.)). Related: Cacophonous.

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