Discord is the strife and tension that arises when two sides disagree on something, like the high-pitched screaming of two kids fighting over the front seat of the car.

Discord can be broken down into the prefix dis, meaning "different," and cord, which stems from an old word for "heart." So that leaves us with "different hearts." So if we're talking about music, discord means a lack of harmony — tones that clash so badly your ears bleed. But when there's discord between people, their hearts are in different places — which usually results in more than a few raised voices clashing disharmoniously.

Definitions of discord
  1. noun
    lack of agreement or harmony
    synonyms: strife
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    type of:
    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
  2. noun
    disagreement among those expected to cooperate
    synonyms: dissension
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    discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
    division, variance
    discord that splits a group
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    the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
  3. noun
    strife resulting from a lack of agreement
    synonyms: discordance
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    type of:
    bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension
  4. noun
    a harsh mixture of sounds
    synonyms: discordance
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    type of:
    disagreeable sounds
  5. verb
    be different from one another
    synonyms: disaccord, disagree
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
    check, check out
    be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
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    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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