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.


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.


Friendship; concord.


By the consonancy of our youth. Shak.

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


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