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dissonance

Pronunciation: di'so-nans

Definition: In social psychology and attitude theory, an aversive state which arises when an individual is minimally aware of inconsistency or conflict within himself.

See: cognitive dissonance theory

[L. dissonus, discordant, confused]

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