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

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 These references, and the relentless assault of ‘70s needle drops, are fun, to a point, but the movie itself is 87 minutes of pure chaos, a hallucinatory, cacophonous fever dream of nonsensical subplots and Minion gibberish. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 Tribune critic Nina Metz writes that the show is able to richly and lovingly portray the sweaty, cacophonous kitchen dynamics of a modest neighborhood joint. Kayla Samoy, Chicago Tribune, 29 June 2022 But the hearings were also television, fighting for attention in a cacophonous media environment. New York Times, 10 June 2022 As a place to be, the Elizabeth Line is nothing like the Tube, which is brisk, hot, cacophonous—a realm of unsolicited bodily intimacy, bottlenecks, and sudden winds. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 27 May 2022 Given how often solitude figured as a theme in Bowie’s lyrics, the haunting loneliness of that character provides a welcome moment of reflection in a film more often consumed with a nonstop, cacophonous churn of sound and images. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 But in the Met’s much larger theater, Neil Armfield’s intimate production receded while Mr. Dean’s cacophonous orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Carter, expanded into a barrage of sound. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The early political work, crowded with cacophonous forms, is uneven but can be sensationally good. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Bay specializes in making brash, cacophonous, high-calorie, low-nutrition fast-food cinema. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cacophonous

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cacophonous

borrowed from New Latin cacophōnus (borrowed from Greek kakóphōnos "disagreeable-sounding," from kako- caco- + -phōnos "having a sound [of the kind specified]," adjective derivative of phōnḗ "sound made by something living, voice, speech") + -ous — more at phono-

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3 Jul 2022

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“Cacophonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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