ca·​coph·​o·​nous | \ka-ˈkä-fə-nəs, -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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cacophonously adverb

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the cacophonous chaos on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

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Fast-forward another three hours and the cacophonous chorus was still going strong. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "So You’re a Lunatic Who Is Taking Your Toddlers on a Long-Haul Flight," 26 July 2018 But with the city’s cacophonous media landscape, the external forces Mr. Carranza faces are about to get a turbo charge. Elizabeth A. Harris And Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "For New Schools Chancellor, New York City Is a Big Leap," 18 Mar. 2018 An eschewing of any redemptive narrative, the track amplifies the cacophonous chorus of voices in Future’s head. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 All of this, moreover, had to be done while wet laundry flapped on drying racks next door and amid the cacophonous outbursts of the Chinese workers hanging it. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 But the parallel has limits; racing was more popular in the 1970s and the sports media landscape far less cacophonous. Tim Layden,, "Justify Attempts to Earn Triple Crown at Belmont With Less Narrative, Faded Anticipation," 7 June 2018 Administration officials said Trump was surprised by the cacophonous and continuing cheers and became convinced that making players stand for the anthem -- and repeatedly railing about the issue on Twitter -- is a political winner. The Washington Post,, "Trump pulls Philadelphia Eagles' White House invitation," 5 June 2018 Eerily quiet at times, though a busload of pub-hoppers can take it from a quiet buzz to a cacophonous crowd in a heartbeat. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 My heart was sinking, each string plucked again and again in cacophonous fury. Trésor Prijs, Teen Vogue, "How My Beard Affects My Gender Identity as a Trans Femme," 1 June 2018

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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

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