cacophonous

adjective
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 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 His specialty: helping apartment dwellers in cacophonous Manhattan locate the often imperceptible noises percolating within their four walls that are, perhaps unknowingly, causing them emotional distress. Gary Goldstein, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Sound of Silence’ finds darkness in the aural world," 19 Sep. 2019 The very first automobiles were seen less as means of transport than of elite leisure: an expensive, cacophonous form of horse racing, with huge silver trophies and drivers who raced in the car-owner’s colours. K.s-c., The Economist, "The modern world was built in the car’s image," 25 Nov. 2019 There are the cacophonous stretches of cities and industries breathing and dumping their waste into the river. Shreya Dasgupta, Quartz India, "Noisy ships on India’s Ganga river are drowning the clicks of dolphins," 21 Nov. 2019 In the summer months, Anacapa is a cacophonous sea of about 10,000 squawking gulls guarding their territory and chirping chicks hungry for their next meal. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out but their diet may be changing their pristine island homes," 3 Nov. 2019 This is perhaps to be 'expected' from an arena as caustic, as cacophonous as Camp Nou. SI.com, "Barcelona 6-1 PSG: Remembering That Mad Midweek Miracle at Camp Nou," 30 Oct. 2019 His specialty: helping apartment dwellers in cacophonous Manhattan locate the often imperceptible noises percolating within their four walls that are, perhaps unknowingly, causing them emotional distress. Gary Goldstein, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Sound of Silence’ finds darkness in the aural world," 19 Sep. 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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20 Jan 2020

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“Cacophonous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cacophonous?show=0&t=1287190850. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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