how to pronounce dissonance


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the above transcription of dissonance is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

dissonance is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of dissonance in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… incongruity or dissonance between that …”

meanings of dissonance


  1. A harsh, discordant combination of sounds.
  2. Conflicting notes that are not overtones of the note or chord sounding.
  3. A state of disagreement or conflict.

dissonance frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word dissonance occurs in english on average 0.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dissonance can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dissonance can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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