What is the difference between accordance and accord?

What is the difference between accordance and accord?
Accordance is a derived term of accord. As nouns the difference between accordance and accord is that accordance is agreement; harmony; conformity; compliance while accord is agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action. As a verb accord is to make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust.



Alternative forms

* (obsolete) accordaunce


(en noun )

  • Agreement; harmony; conformity; compliance.
  • * In strict accordance with the law –
  • The act of granting.
  • Synonyms

    * harmony, unison, coincidence




    (en noun )

  • Agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action.
  • * 1769 ,
  • These all continued with one accord in prayer.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • a mediator of an accord and peace between them
  • A harmony in sound, pitch and tone; concord.
  • * 17th‘ ‘ century , “The Self-Subsistence of the Soul”, ,
  • Those sweet accords are even the angels’ lays.
  • Agreement or harmony of things in general.
  • the accord of light and shade in painting
  • (legal) An agreement between parties in controversy, by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated, and which, when executed, prevents a lawsuit.
  • (Blackstone)
  • (international law) An international agreement.
  • The Geneva Accord of 1954 ended the French-Indochinese War.
  • (obsolete) Assent
  • Voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act.
  • Nobody told me to do it. I did it of my own accord .
  • * Bible, Leviticus xxv. 5
  • That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap.


    * (concurrence of opinion) consent, assent
    * (international agreement) treaty

    Derived terms

    * of its own accord, of one’s own accord
    * with one accord


    (en verb )

  • (lb) To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust.
  • *1590 , (Philip Sidney), (w , The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia) , p.150:
  • *:[H]er hands accorded the Lutes musicke to the voice;
  • (lb) To bring (people) to an agreement; to reconcile, settle, adjust or harmonize.
  • *, Book III:
  • *:But Satyrane forth stepping, did them stay / And with faire treatie pacifide their ire, / Then when they were accorded from the fray
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:all which particulars, being confessedly knotty and difficult, can never be accorded but by a competent stock of critical learning
  • (lb) To agree or correspond; to be in harmony.
  • *1593 , (William Shakespeare), , III-i:
  • *:For things are often spoke and seldom meant; / But that my heart accordeth with my tongue,—
  • *1671 , (John Milton), (Paradise Regained) , :
  • *:[T]hy actions to thy words accord ;
  • *
  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  • (lb) To agree in pitch and tone.
  • To grant as suitable or proper; to concede or award.
  • *1951 , United Nations’ , article 14:
  • *:In respect of the protection of industrial property,a refugee shall be accorded‘ in the country in which he has his habitual residence the same protection as is ‘ accorded to nationals of that country.
  • To give consent.
  • To arrive at an agreement.
  • Derived terms

    * accord with
    * accordance
    * according
    * accordingly
    * accordment
    * defence accord