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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v discord be different from one another
    • n discord strife resulting from a lack of agreement
    • n discord a harsh mixture of sounds
    • n discord disagreement among those expected to cooperate
    • n discord lack of agreement or harmony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Discord To disagree; to be discordant; to jar; to clash; not to suit. "The one discording with the other."
    • Discord (Mus) Union of musical sounds which strikes the ear harshly or disagreeably, owing to the incommensurability of the vibrations which they produce; want of musical concord or harmony; a chord demanding resolution into a concord. "For a discord itself is but a harshness of divers sounds meeting."
    • Discord Want of concord or agreement; absence of unity or harmony in sentiment or action; variance leading to contention and strife; disagreement; -- applied to persons or to things, and to thoughts, feelings, or purposes. "A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.""Peace to arise out of universal discord fomented in all parts of the empire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discord Want of concord or harmony between persons or things; disagreement of relations; especially, as applied to persons, difference of opinions; variance; opposition; contention; strife; any disagreement which produces passion, contest, disputes, litigation, or war.
    • n discord In music: The combination of two tones that are inharmonious with each other, or inconclusive in combined effect; a dissonance.
    • n discord The interval between two such tones; any interval not a unison, octave, perfect fifth, perfect fourth, major or minor third, or major or minor sixth. In medieval music all but the first three of the above intervals were at first regarded as discords.
    • n discord Either of the two tones forming such an interval.
    • n discord A chord containing such intervals.See dissonance.
    • n discord Hence—3. Any confused noise; a mingling or clashing of sounds; a harsh clang or uproar.
    • discord To disagree; jar; clash.
    • discord To be discordant or dissonant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discord dis′kord opposite of concord: disagreement, strife: difference or contrariety of qualities: a combination of inharmonious sounds: uproarious noise
    • v.i Discord to disagree
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  • Plutarch
    “Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.”
  • Charles Burney
    Charles Burney
    “Discord occasions a momentary distress to the ear, which remains unsatisfied, and even uneasy, until it hears something better.”
  • Sallust
    “By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. discord, descord, OF. discorde, descorde, F. discorde, from L. discordia, fr. discors, -cordis, discordant, disagreeable; dis-, + cor, cordis, heart; cf. F. discord, n., and OF. descorder, discorder, F. discorder, to discord, L. discordare, from discors,. See Heart, and cf. Discord (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. descord—L. discordiadis, neg., and cor, cordis, the heart.


In literature:

This action is to bring harmony into the discordant land.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Discord is thus ingrained at the foundations and woven into the "subtle body" of the child.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
And in the camp of the Twin Springs, shadows moved sometimes with a silence that was scarce a discord in the wood songs of repose.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Ah, how I would love you, care for you, shield your ear from ever being hurt by a discordant word!
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
There was in his soul a disappointed love, an implacable hate, and a medley of other discords.
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
From above came discordant rumblings and eloquent, but smothered remarks on the general subject of trunks.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
With a jarring discord ends the history of the Jews in Spain.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
It may be a brand of discord in the hands of the abolitionist and the demagogue.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Discord raged within and without the Ministry.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The half roar, half bark of the herd comes with harsh discordance upon the ear of the listener at the Cliff.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
The authorities feared to cause friction or discord, and they preferred postponement.
"McGill and its Story, 1821-1921" by Cyrus Macmillan
Of course all this upheaval and bustle did not take place without some slight discord.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
There was no discordant note anywhere and Christopher was quite alive to its perfections.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
I would not cause discord and conflict.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
It was precisely the Church quarrel that fed the discords which broke out in the King's own house.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
Though fire with water strives; yet vapour warm, Discordant mixture, gives a birth to all.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Proud Lysias with him, he whose soul is harsh With jarring discord.
"The Prince of Parthia" by Thomas Godfrey
Instead, therefore, of pouring oil upon this discord, he applies lemon-juice to aggravate the sound!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
In the latter case they offend each other by pity, or by reproach; and the discordancy carries itself to matters of commerce.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
So it will be with your singing, but rest assured that the discord of your voice will only exist in your own fancy.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker

In poetry:

Thy safety where, stray Liberty?
In lands where discords cease.
Thy glory where, bright Liberty?
In universal Peace.
"Liberty" by Ernest Jones
To pass the peaceful dwellings by,
No stranger eye might guess
Those scenes of joy and agony,
Of discord and distress.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
All these drink deep of his music,
Wherever it may fall,
But the note of a lower mortal
Would shake discord through all.
"The Lark's Song" by Alexander Anderson
Her hair retains its raven hue,
Her sparkling eye its fire;
But her heart is sad, discordant,
A strung, but tuneless lyre.
"Ida" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The birds sing on, the roses blow,
But like a discord heard but now,
A stain upon the petal's snow
Is that one sad, red bough.
"Menace" by Susan Coolidge
When elements discordant seek
To wreck what God in mercy saves,
The struggle is as vain and weak
As that of the retiring waves.
"Masonic Hymn." by George Pope Morris

In news:

Today's secessionists are pledged only to discord .
STMicroelectronics Said to Cool on Splitup Amid Discord .
Can we find harmony among discord .
Discord, then common ground.
The Civil Wars shutter tour due to 'internal discord '.
Election Day Communion aims to heal partisan discord .
Don't invite conflict and discord into a well-run City Council.
A quartet in discord .
Naming of Dutch woman to rebel negotiating team stirs discord on eve of Colombia peace talks.
American Century captures '60s discord .
Discord Skewed Benghazi Response.
S&P 500 extends slump on European crisis discord .
Merkel, Hollande Discord Threatens to Delay Debt Crisis Solution.
Amid Discord, Romney Seeks to Sharpen Message.
Linguist visiting to discuss painful discord in political discourse.

In science:

As previously discussed, there have been varied approaches to the investigation into the existence of dark matter in the Galactic disk resulting in discordant conclusions both for and against this claim.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
Various distance estimates have been made for these stars using many techniques, sometimes yielding highly discordant estimates.
The Solar Neighborhood X: New Nearby Stars in the Southern Sky and Accurate Photometric Distance Estimates for Red Dwarfs
However, there is significantly more scatter than for results from the red dwarfs’ photometric relation matrix — three of the 11 white dwarf distance estimates are discordant by more than 20%.
The Solar Neighborhood X: New Nearby Stars in the Southern Sky and Accurate Photometric Distance Estimates for Red Dwarfs
Also, no particular component of the two abundance analyses could be identified as the most likely source of the discordance, although internal errors may yet be the underlying cause.
Carbon Abundances of Three Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars from High-Resolution Gemini-S/bHROS Spectra of the 8727A [C I] Line
The original definition of quantum discord of bipartite states was defined under pro jective measurements.
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
In this letter we generalize it in two ways: one is we define the quantum discord as the minimal loss of conditional entropy under all one-side general measurements; the other is similar with the original case but we perform the pro jective measurements on an extended infinite dimensional Hilbert space.
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
We prove some inequalities about different quantum discords, and also derive an equality which relates one of these quantum discords and entanglement of formation (EOF).
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
Finally, a definition of the quantum discord under two-side measurements is given.
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
However, entanglement is not the only type of correlation useful for quantum technology. A different notion of measure, quantum discord, has also been proposed to characterize quantum correlation based on quantum measurements [3, 4].
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
Quantum discord captures the nonlocal correlation more general than entanglement, it can exist in some states even if entanglement does vanish.
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
Recently, quantum discord has received much more attention.
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
Its evaluation involves optimization procedure, and analytical expressions are known only in a few cases [8, 9]. A witness of quantum discord for 2 × n states was found, while we have known that almost all quantum states have nonvanishing quantum discord .
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
Also, the characteristics of quantum discord in some physical models and in information processing have been studied [16–18].
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
The original definition of quantum discord was defined under pro jective measurements, in this letter, we give some generalizations of it.
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
This is meaningful not only in mathematics but also in physics since through the generalizations we will get a more fundamental understanding about quantum discord.
Generalizations of Quantum Discord