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Dissonance has several meanings, all related to conflict or incongruity:
- Consonance and dissonance in music are properties of an interval or chord (the quality of a discord)
- Cognitive dissonance is a state of mental conflict
- Dissonance in poetry is the deliberate avoidance of assonance, i.e. patterns of repeated vowel sounds. Dissonance in poetry is similar to cacophony and the opposite of euphony.
- Dissonance (album), a 2009 album by Enuff Z'Nuff
- Cultural dissonance is an uncomfortable sense experienced by people in the midst of change in their cultural environment.
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- SWAPO Dissonance is an uncomfortable sense experienced by members of the SWAPO Party of Namibia in the midst of change in their political environment. This is as a result of unwarranted fear of change based on paranoid insecurities and phobia for the unknown, the different and the future.