Definition of cacophony noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɒfəni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːfəni//
[uncountable, singular](formal) Linguistic devices
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a mixture of loud unpleasant sounds See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōnia, from kakophōnos ‘ill-sounding’, from kakos ‘bad’ + phōnē ‘sound’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cacophony