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cacophonous

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From Ancient Greek κακός (kakós, bad) + φωνή (phōnḗ, voice).

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cacophonous (comparative more cacophonous, superlative most cacophonous)

  1. Containing, consisting of, or producing harsh, unpleasant or discordant sounds.
    • 2006, Everett True, Nirvana: The Biography, Da Capo Press (2007), ISBN 9780306815546, page 58:
      The first time I saw the NYC quartet [Sonic Youth] was in 1983 for their Confusion Is Sex album, when they filled The Venue in Victoria, London with a cacophonous maelstrom of mangled sounds that still reverberates, more than two decades on.
    • 2011, Fern Michaels, To Taste the Wine, Kensington Books (2011), ISBN 9780758242747, page 153:
      [] and the cacophonous clatter of pots and pans accompanied the vociferous complaints of the ship's cook.
    • 2012, Michael D. Breed & Janice Moore, Animal Behavior, Academic Press (2012), ISBN 9780123725813, page 199 (image caption):
      A colony of pelicans can be cacophonous.

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