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What Is Harmony? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS HARMONY – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect.
  • the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.
  • agreement or concord
  • an arrangement of the four Gospels, or of any parallel narratives, which presents a single continuous narrative text.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord
  • the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords
  • the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords
  • pleasing arrangement of parts
  • internal calm
  • an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative


Here are the following synonyms of this term:

  • euphony
  • polyphony
  • consonance
  • tunefulness
  • melodiousness
  • concord
  • accord
  • agreement
  • peace
  • peacefulness
  • amity


It is a late Middle English term which is from the Latin harmonia or ‘joining, concord’, which is from Greek harmos ‘joint’.


Here are some of the examples:

  • The harmony between him and his wife grew closer and closer and he daily discovered fresh spiritual treasures in her.
  • Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
  • And now without thinking about it he had found that peace and inner harmony only through the horror of death, through privation, and through what he recognized in Karataev.
  • Together they felt more in harmony with one another than either of them felt with herself when alone.
  • The perplexities, irritations and worries that have absorbed us pass like unpleasant dreams, and we wake to see with new eyes and hear with new ears the beauty and harmony of God’s real world.
  • Prince Andrew did not laugh and feared that he would be a damper on the spirits of the company, but no one took any notice of his being out of harmony with the general mood.

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