ca·​coph·​o·​nous | \ ka-ˈkä-fə-nəs How to pronounce cacophonous (audio) , -ˈkȯ- also -ˈka- \

Definition of cacophonous

: marked by cacophony : harsh-sounding like an old battlefield, once cacophonous with the clash of steel, the roar of cannon, the screams of wounded and dying men— Brian Moore

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Other Words from cacophonous

cacophonously adverb

Examples of cacophonous in a Sentence

the cacophonous chaos on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, on network television, things were reaching that level of cacophonous cross talk that’s only seen when there’s no real news to report. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Iowa Caucus Was a Media Debacle, Too," 4 Feb. 2020 Caucuses are often held in schools, churches and community centers, not all of which have accessible entrances, and the rooms can often get overcrowded, cacophonous and chaotic. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Disability Advocates Push to Make the Iowa Caucuses More Accessible," 28 Jan. 2020 Simply setting down his amp was enough to elicit a cacophonous roar from the crowd. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Tool offered its worshipers a night of communion in Dallas concert," 23 Jan. 2020 The stadium scoreboard continued to show replays of Harry’s apparent touchdown, screenings that elicited round after round of cacophonous booing. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Patriots Run Out of Comebacks in Testy Rematch Against Chiefs," 8 Dec. 2019 But what does a dolphin do when its underwater home gets increasingly cacophonous? Shreya Dasgupta, Quartz India, "Noisy ships on India’s Ganga river are drowning the clicks of dolphins," 21 Nov. 2019 His specialty: helping apartment dwellers in cacophonous Manhattan locate the often imperceptible noises percolating within their four walls that are, perhaps unknowingly, causing them emotional distress. Gary Goldstein, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Sound of Silence’ finds darkness in the aural world," 19 Sep. 2019 The very first automobiles were seen less as means of transport than of elite leisure: an expensive, cacophonous form of horse racing, with huge silver trophies and drivers who raced in the car-owner’s colours. K.s-c., The Economist, "The modern world was built in the car’s image," 25 Nov. 2019 There are the cacophonous stretches of cities and industries breathing and dumping their waste into the river. Shreya Dasgupta, Quartz India, "Noisy ships on India’s Ganga river are drowning the clicks of dolphins," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cacophonous

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cacophonous

Greek kakophōnos, from kak- + phōnē voice, sound — more at ban entry 1

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17 Feb 2020

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“Cacophonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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