dissonance | dissonant

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

a lack of agreement

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dissonance - disagreement

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The word ‘dissonance’ was originally used to describe a disagreeable sound but has since been adapted to express disagreement between people. It is perhaps most likely to be encountered as part of the psychological term ‘cognitive dissonance’, which relates to inconsistencies between a person’s beliefs and actions.

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Synonyms discord,disharmony,dispute
Antonyms accord,concord

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  1. Dissonance over the new policy is negatively impacting both morale and productivity in the office.

  2. We rely heavily on that trading partner, so it troubles me that we have such a dissonant relationship with them at the moment.

  3. Martin is a doctor, so he knows how dangerous smoking is, yet he does it anyway. It’s a clear case of cognitive dissonance.

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