cacophony


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cacophony

[kəkof′ənē] pl. cacophonies
Etymology: Gk, kakos + phone, voice
a harsh or discordant sound or a mixture of confused, different sounds. cacophonic, cacophonous, adj.
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It can provide respite from the cacophony of crackers, excessive food and drink and the same old trash on the telly.
Those assembled began to whack their drums, the cacophony of several dozen beats quickly becoming a confusing stew of noise.
The Commonwealth cannot be defined without going back to its historical background which consciously inspires apprehension and denigration, all the more so since the word colonialism--deprived of its illusionary raison d'etre--has become a political cacophony glazed with oppressive implications.
Whether or not the treefrogs derive any benefit from this odd talent is debatable, but when an otherwise peaceful meadow erupts in an ear-splitting cacophony of squirrel treefrog chatter the effect is, well, ribbetting.
Are CEOs intimidated by the cacophony of negativism from pundits with a Club of Rome mentality agonizing over what may happen in the corporate world?
As each stepped forward to take a penalty in the dramatic shoot-out that decided last night's FA Premier League Asia Cup final, they were greeted with a cacophony of boos from the 47,000 crowd in Kuala Lumpur.
The book is not a polemic--the author endeavored to find his way to truth among a cacophony of voices--but it has within it plenty of information that will be useful in consideration of the topic.
Modern homes are often filled with a cacophony of noise from blaring TVs and radios, the rumble of traffic, jets overhead, and domestic machinery such as washing machines.
Tony Blair apparently enjoys playing second fiddle to Bush's war cacophony, but our lads are certainly not a second-class force and deserve better.
Why do we need a cacophony of 76 trumpets, 76 fifes, and, naturally, 76 trombones?
Those involved in opera here believe that, surrounded by cacophony, people seek harmony and exactitude.
Between that and some rather loud TVs in the vicinity (my mom's included), the cacophony made me want to run.