clash

When two things clash, they run violently into each other, often with an accompanying loud noise. The percussionist in an orchestra has the enviable job of making two cymbals clash together.

Kids clash when they run into each other on the playground, but they can also clash through a strong disagreement: "My cousins always clash when it comes to deciding what movie to watch after dinner." Also, your shirt might clash with your pants, if the colors or prints simply don't go together. Clash is imitative — it sounds like its original meaning, "make a loud, sharp sound," and may be related to the words clap and crash.

Primary Meanings of clash

1.
vn
crash together with violent impact
a state of conflict between persons
2.
n
a loud resonant repeating noise
Full Definitions of clash
1

v crash together with violent impact

“Two meteors clashed
Synonyms:
collide
Types:
smash
collide or strike violently and suddenly
shock
collide violently
crash, ram
undergo damage or destruction on impact
Type of:
collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with

v disagree violently

“We clashed over the new farm policies”
Type of:
differ, disagree, dissent, take issue
be of different opinions

v be incompatible; be or come into conflict

“These colors clash
Synonyms:
collide, jar
Type of:
conflict
be in conflict

n a state of conflict between persons

Synonyms:
friction
Type of:
conflict
a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests

n a minor short-term fight

Synonyms:
brush, encounter, skirmish
Types:
contretemps
an awkward clash
Type of:
combat, fight, fighting, scrap
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

n a state of conflict between colors

“her dress was a disturbing clash of colors”
Type of:
conflict
a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
2

n a loud resonant repeating noise

Synonyms:
clang, clangor, clangoring, clangour, clank, crash
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

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