cacophonous

adjective

ca·​coph·​o·​nous ka-ˈkä-fə-nəs How to pronounce cacophonous (audio)
-ˈkȯ-,
 also  -ˈka-
: 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 menBrian Moore
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 The whole cacophonous curiosity should last through June, scientists say. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 5 May 2024 Its sound design is cacophonous, emphasizing every footstep, breath and gunshot to a disorienting degree, despite being rooted in the POV of characters whose hearing, and whose relationship to atmospheric sound, is ostensibly run-of-the-mill. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 20 Mar. 2024 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel This spring, billions of cicadas will dig their way out of the soil across most of the Midwest and Southeast, filling the air with their cacophonous soundtrack. Keely Brewer, The Daily Memphian, and Brittney J. Miller, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2024 This spring, billions of cicadas will dig their way out of the soil across most of the Midwest and Southeast, filling the air with their cacophonous soundtrack. Keely Brewer, The Daily Memphian, and Brittney J. Miller, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2024 The cacophonous dance in the 100,000-square-foot venue helped announce the beginning of the La Vang Lunar New Year Festival, one of the largest annual gatherings in the Mid-Atlantic for Vietnamese immigrants and their families. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024 At the beginning of the millennium, Black Eyes blazed a trail through post-hardcore punk with a cacophonous attack that shocked and awed audiences. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 The interior, installed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, was also cacophonous: packed with galleries, theaters, interactive kiosks and artifacts. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 But communities can be difficult—chaotic, contentious, cacophonous. Anna Holmes, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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-

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cacophonous was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Cacophonous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cacophonous. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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