clamant

adjective

cla·​mant ˈklā-mənt How to pronounce clamant (audio) ˈkla- How to pronounce clamant (audio)
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: demanding attention : urgent
clamantly adverb

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Clamant is considerably less common than its synonym "clamorous." As the similarities in spelling might suggest, these two words are etymologically related, both coming from the Latin verb clamare, meaning "to cry out or shout." Another relative is the noun claimant, meaning "one that asserts a right or title." The paths from "clamare" to "clamorous" and "claimant" follow routes that lead through Anglo-French. "Clamant," however, comes directly from Latin, deriving from "clamant-, clamans," the present participle of the verb "clamare."

Examples of clamant in a Sentence

clamant students gathered outside the college president's office, protesting the denial of tenure for the popular professor

Word History

Etymology

Latin clamant-, clamans, present participle of clamare to cry out

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clamant was in 1639

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Cite this Entry

“Clamant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clamant. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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