In language, the use of the same consonant sound in several different words in a sequence. It differs from alliteration in that alliteration requires the repeated consonant to be at the beginning of the words, while in consonance it can be anywhere in the word.

Con"so*nance (?), Con"so*nan*cy (?), n. [L. consonantia: cf. F. consonnance.]

1. Mus.

Accord or agreement of sounds produced simultaneously, as a note with its third, fifth, and eighth.

2.

Agreement or congruity; harmony; accord; consistency; suitableness.

The perfect consonancy of our persecuted church to the doctrines of Scripture and antiquity. Hammond.

The optic nerve responds to the waves with which it is in consonance. Tyndall.

3.

Friendship; concord.

[Obs.]

By the consonancy of our youth. Shak.

Syn. -- Agreement; accord; consistency; unison; harmony; congruity; suitableness; agreeableness.

 

© Webster 1913.

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