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clamor

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noun clam·or \ˈkla-mər\

Definition of clamor

  1. 1 a :  noisy shouting b :  a loud continuous noise

  2. 2 :  insistent public expression (as of support or protest)

Examples of clamor in a sentence

  1. A clamor outside woke them in the night.

  2. city streets filled with clamor

  3. a public clamor for an arrest in the case

  4. There is growing clamor for reform.

Did You Know?

The clamor on Broadway at midday can be astonishing to a tourist from a midwestern town; if they happen to be digging up the street with jackhammers, the clamor can be even worse. The clamor on the floor of a stock exchange goes on without stopping for seven hours every day. A clamor of protest may sometimes be quieter, but is often just as hard to ignore. A politican who receives a thousand e-mails a day clamoring for his resignation might as well be listening to an angry crowd.

Origin and Etymology of clamor

Middle English, from Anglo-French clamour, from Latin clamor, from clamare to cry out — more at claim


First Known Use: 14th century


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clamor

verb clam·or

Definition of clamor

clamored

clamoring

play \ˈklam-riŋ, ˈkla-mər-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a din

  3. 2 :  to become loudly insistent <clamored for his impeachment>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter or proclaim insistently and noisily

  6. 2 :  to influence by means of clamor

14th Century

First Known Use of clamor

14th century


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clamor

verb clam·or

Definition of clamor

obsolete

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  silence

Origin and Etymology of clamor

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1611


CLAMOR Defined for English Language Learners

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clamor

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noun clam·or \ˈkla-mər\

Definition of clamor for English Language Learners

  • : a loud continuous noise (such as the noise made when many people are talking or shouting)

  • : a loud or strong demand for something by many people


CLAMOR Defined for Kids

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clamor

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noun clam·or \ˈkla-mər\

Definition of clamor for Students

  1. 1 :  a noisy shouting

  2. 2 :  a loud continuous noise <the clamor of a storm>

  3. 3 :  strong and loud demand <There was a public clamor for change.>

Word Root of clamor

The Latin word clamāre, meaning “to shout” or “to cry out,” gives us the root clam and its form claim. Words from the Latin clamāre have something to do with shouting. To exclaim is to cry out in a sudden or emotional way. To proclaim is to announce or shout something publicly. Clamor is noisy shouting.


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clamor

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verb clam·or

Definition of clamor for Students

clamored

clamoring

  1. :  to make a loud noise or demand <Fans clamored for the star's autograph.>



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