The noun consonance refers to a state of agreement or harmony of parts, and it often refers to a pleasing combination of musical sounds.

In its musical sense, the opposite of consonance is dissonance. Consonance can also refer to a repetition of consonants in words that are close together, as the "ck" in "thick sock." In this sense, the opposite is assonance, which is a repetition of vowel sounds, as the "a's" in "bake sale."

Definitions of consonance
  1. noun
    a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
    synonyms: concord, concordance, harmony
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    harmonious relations; freedom from disputes
    a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect
    accord, agreement
    harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters
    comity of nations
    courteous respect by one nation for the laws and institutions of another
    community, community of interests
    agreement as to goals
    concurrence, meeting of minds
    a state of cooperation
    agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
    sense of the meeting
    general agreement reached by an assembled group
    everyone being of one mind
    the state of corresponding exactly
    social contract
    an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection
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    established customary state (especially of society)
  2. noun
    the property of sounding harmonious
    synonyms: harmoniousness
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    an agreeable sound property
  3. noun
    the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
    synonyms: consonant rhyme
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    rhyme, rime
    correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
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