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 Coquí have infiltrated the Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, Florida, and California, but are most worrisome in Hawaii, where their cacophonous spread shows no signs of slowing. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "This frog’s signature chirp can be heavenly or hellish," 15 Jan. 2020 Actually, with 12 candidates on stage scrapping for airtime — and the election calendar closing out on the Democrats who have been running in place for months — the debate will more closely resemble a cacophonous demolition derby. Joe Garofoli,, "First-time debater Tom Steyer says he has no zingers planned for Democratic showdown," 14 Oct. 2019 This was the type of performance Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson delivered for Michigan State in 2000. Smothering defense, punishing rebounding and game-changing scoring runs that would drive the Breslin Center crowd into a cacophonous frenzy. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball fades in key moments of loss to Maryland with 2000 team watching," 16 Feb. 2020 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

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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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30 Mar 2020

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“Cacophonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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