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[kă-ko-f ŏni]

Harshness or discordancy of sound; the opposite of euphony. Usually the result of awkward alliteration as in tongue-twisters, it is sometimes used by poets for deliberate effect, as in these lines from Robert Browning's ‘Caliban upon Setebos’:And squared and stuck there squares of soft white chalk,And, with a fish-tooth, scratched a moon on each,And set up endwise certain spikes of tree,And crowned the whole with a sloth's skull a-top.Adjective: cacophonous or cacaphonic. See also dissonance.

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