Ancient Greek ( κακός kakós, “ bad ”) + ( φωνή phōnḗ, “ voice ”).
cacophonous ( comparative , more cacophonous superlative ) most cacophonous
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:
cacophonous 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
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containing or consisting of unpleasant sounds