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
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the green cicadas that pop up in some parts of the country every year, these guys have black bodies, clear wings, bold red eyes, and a particularly cacophonous song. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Billions of Cicadas Are Coming—Here’s Their Deal," 1 Apr. 2021 But Simmons’ recent obsession with mindfulness had not stopped him developing an addiction to what had become the most cacophonous corner of the internet. Joe Parkinson, Wired, "How #BringBackOurGirls Became an International Rallying Cry," 2 Mar. 2021 Perhaps, but what is the experience of urban space – the ‘People’s Square’ – but a cacophonous movement of viewers, consumers, collagists? Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, "Italian Pop Art Stays On The Streets: CIMA’s Mario Schifano Exhibition," 17 Mar. 2021 They are are known for their cacophonous cries, which can be heard from more than three miles away. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Houston Zoo welcomes baby howler monkey named Marlie," 17 Dec. 2020 Sure, there were cacophonous and largely irreplaceable scenes elsewhere—in Berlin, London, Paris. Guy Trebay, Town & Country, "New York City Was the Nightlife Capital of the World for Decades. Its History Will Be Its Future.," 3 Dec. 2020 For the past four years, the cacophonous American presidency has seemed to drown out quieter, more harmonious human endeavors, which is to say all human endeavors. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "The Art That Defied the Last Four, Terrible Years," 17 Nov. 2020 Trump’s cacophonous performance hurt him, as his poll numbers dipped slightly. Joe Garofoli,, "Trump leading Biden in key battleground state of Florida," 3 Nov. 2020 The same cacophonous media environment that tends to dazzle and confuse us—that stupefying video-after-video-after-video-after-video effect—in this case yielded clarity. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Wired, "The Dangers of Seeing the World Through Ubiquitous Video," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Cacophonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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