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Below you will find the definition of cacophony, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a loud harsh or strident noise
EXAMPLES - Cacophony in a Sentence
- Whoever or whatever I am, the cacophony is a big part of it. (source)
- Their cacophony is making the biggest mark of the information age. (source)
- Adding to the cacophony is the remodeling of the upstairs apartment. (source)
- Lost in the cacophony are the details - which are hard to understand anyway (source)
- Lost in the cacophony are the details -- which are hard to understand anyway (source)
- Note: I employed the word cacophony in yesterday's entry before reading the newspaper. (source)
- Let's pause for a second in the midst of the cacophony of the campaign circus and listen. (source)
- "What we have is a cacophony which is disastrous for the image of the government as a whole." (source)
- They start playing automatically, so if you're hearing some kind of cacophony, pause part two. (source)
- I suppose those taking siestas nearby were going nuts but one man's cacophony is another's Beethoven. (source)
- In the hands of ad agencies, client objectives are being overwhelmed by the cacophony of the marketplace. (source)
- I am intrigued by the physical surroundings and appalled by the cacophony, which is getting louder and louder. (source)
- The morning commute to the farm (aka Work) can only be described as a cacophony of Sirius Radio, CDs and mp3's. (source)
- Motorists sounded car horns in support, but under the cacophony was a quieter sound, the rhythmic tum-tum of a drum. (source)
- You Shouldn't Do That? it starts with what could be described as the cacophony an alien space-craft produces during take off. (source)
- A few days ago, I observed a cacophony of powerlessness in a group of friends energetically engaged in a political discussion. (source)
- Ultrasound's "Everything Picture" at 39.13 - beware, a good 25 minute's worth of this could best be described as a cacophony of noise. (source)
- Second, I think Nate Silver is right about how the net is enabling a vibrant cacophony of new forces to have effective voice in the arena. (source)
- I like the word "cacophony" but this was after I rejected "cluster" influenced by The Daily Show's Clusterf@#ck to the Whitehouse and "bevy." (source)
- As the excerpted paragraphs above suggest, SMB ad spending is a kind of cacophony of tools and tactics that border in some cases on incoherence. (source)
- It's not merely bad, but an atrocity that seems a parody of dance music: overlaying the cacophony is a recurring simulation of club-inflicted tinnitus. (source)
- It's not often that one gets to use the word "cacophony", but I don't think that I've ever been anywhere else in this world where the word is more appropriate. (source)
- The Internet and cable have created a cacophony of voices in talk shows, blogs and 24-hour news channels that eschew nuance and depth in competing for attention. (source)
- Talk about the ultimate niche album: Japanese experimental artist KK Null has offered up 50 minutes of what can only be described as a cacophony of not-so-random noise. (source)
- Robert Griffiths, Secretary General, Communist Party Britain, encouraged the "cacophony" of different voices and languages to express the power of this great working-class song. (source)
- The cacophony could be a natural phenomenon - a raging storm perhaps - or the sound of a huge jet taking off; the dying sound that closes the piece could be composure or despair. (source)
- In recent days, what has emerged from this cacophony is a seemingly contradictory amalgam of positions, dubbed the "Obama Paradox," that portrays the president as a successful failure. (source)
- On one side was Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur, railing against what he called the cacophony of Web 2.0 and the calamitous effects of user-generated content on our culture. (source)
- Above the sound of firecrackers and the "cacophony" of tens of thousands of cricket-mad Asian supporters, he easily followed an Indian cricket series by "tuning in" to all the sound effects. (source)
- But it is also still and focused compared to the visual cacophony that makes such extravagant claims on our interest elsewhere in this big, brash, if sometimes quietly surprising, exhibition. (source)
- It's not easy telling our story in a place where the cacophony is deafening and the competition stiff -- where everyone has a story to tell and the Americans tend to find their own story most interesting. (source)
- In the silence following Dick Cheney's last grumbled words in response to President Obama's speech on counterterrorism strategy last week, I could almost hear the clicking of thousands of keyboards as they erupted in a cacophony of punditry. (source)
- It's a prerequisite that we drill into journalists the understanding of nuances, of accents, of dialects, of body language, and of non-verbal communication, to ensure that these multi-directional reports are not lost in the global cacophony of messages. (source)
- Downtown, especially on Grande Rue, there was a kind of cacophony and chaos that still seemed to work; the people of Haiti are very very busy all the time because to cobble anything together there, anything of sustenance, takes a tremendous amount of energy. (source)
- The German governing coalition parties, heading into an election year, are split on what measures to adopt in the country's second stimulus package, especially when it comes to state aid for big German car makers, Die Welt writes, calling the situation a "cacophony" of economic measures. (source)
- Given the diversity of voices, and considering civil society organizations were called to weigh in long after the main document had already been written, Dr. Nabarro and his dedicated crew must be congratulated in keeping the "Dublin Dialogue" from resulting in just another consultative cacophony. (source)
- For instance, to push through the Atlantic Yards project, which unleashed a cacophony of protest from well-organized neighbors in Brooklyn, it poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into lobbying; its executives give substantial campaign contributions; and it adeptly worked with unions to help win over elected officials. (source)
- If the Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley really thinks that we can improve upon the "cacophony" that passes for public debate with talk of "citizen values" and "leaders who inspire us" and that anything else is "brainless neo-Ludditism," then he is himself a depressing illustration of the problem he purports to address. (source)
- Until moderate Muslims find each other, 'find the other hand,' and start a global response in the form of nothing less than a cacophony of figurative clapping, we will remain as we are now: voiceless, unseen, meaningless, amputated from the furious, destructive conversation raging between blind Islamofascism and Western civilization. (source)
- I believe that the 1800 Obi was similarly monumental, graphic, and insistent to its audience in cathecting all racial conflict and arguments over slavery ultimately onto the severed head of Jack (its Medusa) and, though his sacrificial destruction, seeming to eradicate this teeming cacophony from the Empire with deliberate force, supposedly to the benefit of slaves and masters alike. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "cacophony" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 3 synonyms for cacophony.
discord, harshness, noise
We have 0 antonyms for cacophony.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of cacophony from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance: heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
- (noun) The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) An uncouth or disagreeable sound of words, owing to the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.
- (noun) A combination of discordant sounds.
- (noun) An unhealthy state of the voice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A combination of discordant sounds; specifically, in rhetoric, a faulty choice or arrangement of words, producing inharmonious or discordant combinations of sounds, or too great frequency of such combinations as are for any reason unpleasant to the ear; also, the uncouth or disagreeable sound so produced: the opposite of euphony.
- (noun) In pathology, a depraved voice; an altered state of the voice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a loud harsh or strident noise
- (noun) loud confusing disagreeable sounds