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euphony


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[yoo-fŏni]

A pleasing smoothness of sound, perceived by the ease with which the words can be spoken in combination. The use of long vowels, liquid consonants (l, r), and semi-vowels (w, y), contributes to euphony, along with the avoidance of adjacent stresses; the meaning of the words, however, has an important effect too. Euphony is the opposite of cacophony. Adjective: euphonious.

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