Meaning of cacophony

ca•coph•o•ny

Pronunciation: (ku-kof'u-nē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
  1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
  2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
  3. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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