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English definition of “jarring”


adjective (NOT PLEASANT)    /ˈdʒɑː.rɪŋ/ US  /ˈdʒɑːr.ɪŋ/
a jarring sight , sound , or experience is so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone: a jarring cry / chord jarring colours a jarring experience Balance and imbalance
(Definition of jarring adjective (NOT PLEASANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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