thun·der·ous | \ˈthən-d(ə-)rəs \

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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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 The thunderous explosion sent columns of ash up to 33,000 feet into the air, and brought ash, sand and red-hot mudflows down into nearby villages. Anthony Harrup And, WSJ, "Guatemala Searches for Missing After Deadly Volcano Eruption," 4 June 2018 Everything the Yankees did — from Aaron Judge’s screaming homer to Stanton’s big hit to closer Aroldis Chapman jogging in from the bullpen — was met with thunderous cheers. Matt Breen,, "Phillies fall to Yankees as visitors in their own ballpark," 25 June 2018 Then, James delivered a moment that's impact dwarfed his thunderous dunk at the Moda Center earlier this season. Andrew Nemec,, "Dear LeBron James, apology not accepted! Love, Portland: Commentary," 7 June 2018 And they were met with thunderous cheers from the crowd. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Chrissy Metz’s Billboard Awards Outfit Has Everyone Swooning," 21 May 2018 The question was met with thunderous cheers while Reinhart covered her face with one hand and blushed. Alexia Fernandez,, "Riverdale's Lili Reinhart Opens Up About Why She Keeps Her 'Sacred' Romantic Life Private," 18 Apr. 2018 Noise Level From thunderous in the bar to a dull roar in the dining room. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 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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