Definition of cacophonous:
hoarse, ripping, piercing, cackly, gruff, raspy, grating, jangly, guttural, rasping, splitting, jangling, strident, rough, croaking, raucous, husky, rending, cacophonic, rude, inharmonic, squawky, sounds, jarring, gravel, croaky, gravelly, agree.
- conflicting (part of speech: adjective)
- discordant (part of speech: adjective)
After stating its theme largely, simply, in sixteen strong chords, it broke into variations in which the audience for a few moments might read nothing but cacophonous noise, until a gateway opened in the old wall, and through it a band of white- robed Druids came streaming towards the stone altar which stood- the sole stage " property"- in the centre of the green area.- "Brother Copas", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
To prevent a cacophonous mixture of tones we should consider that we must stop the old tone before we can give pedal to the new one, and that, in order to make the stopping of the past tone perfect, we must allow the damper to press upon the vibrating strings long enough to do its work.- "Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered", Josef Hofmann.
- "The Cardinal's Snuff-Box", Henry Harland.