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euphony

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n euphony any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Euphony A pleasing or sweet sound; an easy, smooth enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n euphony Easy enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation which is pleasing to the sense; agreeable utterance. As a principle active in the historical changes of language, euphony is a misnomer, since it is ease of utterance, economy of effort on the part of the organs of speech, and not agreeableness to the ear, that leads to and governs such changes.
    • n euphony Harmonious arrangement of sounds in composition; a smooth and agreeable combination of articulate elements in any piece of writing.
    • n euphony Synonyms Euphony, Melody, Harmony, Rhythm. Euphony in style respects simply the question of pleasing sounds in the words themselves. Melody respects the succession of sounds, especially as affected by the pitch appropriate to the thought and required by the arrangement of clauses. Harmony respects the adaptation of sound to sense. Rhythm respects the emphasis—that is, the succession of emphatic and unemphatic syllables. In music melody respects the agreeable combination of successive sounds of various pitch, while harmony respects the agreeable blending of simultaneous sounds of different pitch, the sounds in either case being from voices or musical instruments; thus, a song for children to sing must depend for its effect upon melody rather than harmony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Euphony ū′fo-ni an agreeable sound: a pleasing, easy pronunciation—also Euphō′nia
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. euphonia, Gr., fr. sweet-voiced; e'y^ well + sound, voice; akin to to speak: cf. F. euphonie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. euphōniaeu, well, phōnē, sound.

Usage

In literature:

But he belongs to that group: tonal euphony, supple technic, a caressing manner, and a perfect control of self.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
So Goslina Shaw was the euphonious sobriquet of baby No.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
There's a noble aspiration for fame as well as euphony.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
However, you were saying that you did not think German poetry pleasing or euphonious?
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Neither is the English of the first speaker of a very correct kind, nor is his voice at all euphonious.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
The maiden name of this lady was by no means so euphonious as that which she had attained by marriage.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
The average business man seems to glory more in his ability to use euphonious sentences than to talk to the point.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Euphony demands that the sentence be of pleasing sound.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
Oh, from out the sounding cells, What a gush of euphony voluminously swells!
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
As he is favored with the euphonious name of Frank Emery Robinson Chubbuck it was a work of art to make his initials look beautiful.
"Village Life in America 1852-1872" by Caroline Cowles Richards
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
"Golden Numbers" by Various
In the text, for the sake of euphony to English ears, for the name of Llywarch is substituted that of his father, Elidir.
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
EUPHONY; THE PERMUTATION AND TRANSITION OF LETTERS.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
He did not like the word 'Stinchar,' so he changed it to 'Lugar,' a much more euphonious word.
"The Real Robert Burns" by J. L. Hughes
It is more euphonious than goalology or leather spheroids, which have suggested themselves to me.
"The Genial Idiot" by John Kendrick Bangs
There is euphony in the very sound of them; there is a variety, nothing short of oriental, in them.
"Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries Volumes I. and II., Complete" by William Hogan
These may in a great measure be traced to euphony combined with originality.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
In most cases brevity or euphony dictates the choice.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
This is done for the sake of euphony.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton
He answered to the euphonious name of Fronyo.
"In Search of a Siberian Klondike" by Homer B. Hulbert
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In poetry:

Nay, what is Nature's
Self, but an endless
Strife toward music,
Euphony, rhyme?
"England My Mother" by William Watson
No place its own euphonious name
Within the catalogue might claim
Of any flora-lover;
For, in the scores of passers-by,
As yet no true artistic eye
Its beauty could discover.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Euphony, Vacation Earn First Graded Victories.
Euphony pulls away in the Arlington Matron.
If Boise had a soundtrack, it would be the euphonious voice and mellifluous melodies of Rebecca Scott.
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