stentorian

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adjective sten·to·ri·an \sten-ˈtȯr-ē-ən\

Definition of stentorian

  1. :  extremely loud spoke in stentorian tones

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Examples of stentorian in a Sentence

  1. the professor's stentorian voice was enough to keep even the drowsiest student awake

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The Greek herald Stentor was known for having a voice that came through loud and clear. In fact, in the Iliad, Homer described Stentor as a man whose voice was as loud as that of fifty men together. Stentor's powerful voice made him a natural choice for delivering announcements and proclamations to the assembled Greek army during the Trojan War, and it also made his name a byword for any person with a loud, strong voice. Both the noun stentor and the related adjective stentorian pay homage to the big-voiced warrior, and both have been making noise in English since the early 17th century.

First Known Use of stentorian

1605

Synonym Discussion of stentorian

loud, stentorian, earsplitting, raucous, strident mean marked by intensity or volume of sound. loud applies to any volume above normal and may suggest undue vehemence or obtrusiveness. loud shouts of protest stentorian implies great power and range. an actor with a stentorian voice earsplitting implies loudness that is physically discomforting. the earsplitting sound of a siren raucous implies a loud harsh grating tone, especially of voice, and may suggest rowdiness. the raucous shouts of drunken revelers strident implies a rasping discordant but insistent quality, especially of voice. the strident voices of hecklers

STENTORIAN Defined for English Language Learners

stentorian

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Definition of stentorian for English Language Learners

  • : very loud



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