thun·​der·​ous | \ ˈthən-d(ə-)rəs How to pronounce thunderous (audio) \

Definition of thunderous

1a : producing thunder
b : making or accompanied by a noise like thunder thunderous applause

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Other Words from thunderous

thunderously adverb

Examples of thunderous in a Sentence

The audience responded with thunderous applause. the last thunderous chord of the symphony rang throughout the hall

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After Trump's thunderous speech, Yun's first thought was on the need to avoid a war. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN," 22 Sep. 2018 On Sunday evening, thunderous clapping erupted when Kim and his wife entered the concert hall and seated themselves in a second-floor balcony, according to pool reports from South Korean journalists and officials. Choe Sang-hun,, "Amid skepticism on thaw, North Korean leader sees pop stars from South," 1 Apr. 2018 Survivors heard a thunderous roar, crashing and banging when the mountainside fell onto rural houses and shanties in two villages in Naga city on Thursday morning. Bullit Marquez And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated," 21 Sep. 2018 In his rallies, Mr. Trump often invokes Mr. Obama, whose name triggers thunderous boos from the crowd. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Obama and Trump Jockey Over Legacy at Campaign Rallies," 2 Nov. 2018 This thunderous march will not stop until the ordeal is over. Fox News, "Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails," 19 Sep. 2018 At the end, Ariana brought her mother, grandmother, and cousin on stage to thunderous applause. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Watch all the Performances from Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, and More," 21 Aug. 2018 Kevin De Bruyne added a second for the European side after 31 minutes with a thunderous strike from outside the penalty area to put Belgium firmly in control. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Belgium fights off Brazil's comeback to reach World Cup semifinals," 6 July 2018 The result is a project brimming with thunderous beats, rapid-fire bars, and, as fans have come to expect from Lecrae, vivid storytelling. Juan Vidal, Billboard, "Lecrae on New Album 'Let the Trap Say Amen' & The True Heart of the South," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of thunderous

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of thunderous was in 1582

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderous

: making a loud noise like the sound of thunder : very loud

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