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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cacophonously adverb

Examples of cacophonous in a Sentence

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

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Instead there’s a cacophonous din of competing ideas, as students convene in animated groups around communal tables, shouting out solutions while feverishly diagramming them on the whiteboards that panel the walls. Aryn Baker/mauritius, Time, "‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems," 11 June 2019 As the boat passed a small island, an African fish eagle was seen nested near a cacophonous gathering of cormorants. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 Amid the cacophonous cheering at the corporate-arena National Basketball Association Finals, think a kindly thought about the Cow Palace just south of San Francisco. Bob Greene, WSJ, "The Cow Palace, Out to Pasture," 30 May 2019 The novel has been rightly praised as a masterwork of realism, and the scenes are cacophonous with noises and pungent with smells. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Black and White, in Wind and Fog," 22 Feb. 2019 Florence in the spring is already a cacophonous babel of tourists, guides, and souvenir hawkers clogging narrow streets, crowding ancient piazzas. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Exclusive: Tour Florence's Rarely Seen Palazzo Spini Feroni," 27 Feb. 2019 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

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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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