vo·​cif·​er·​ous | \vō-ˈsi-f(ə-)rəs \

Definition of vociferous 

: marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry

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Other Words from vociferous

vociferously adverb
vociferousness noun

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vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention. vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out. vociferous cries of protest and outrage clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting. clamorous demands for prison reforms blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness. blatant rock music a blatant clamor for impeachment strident suggests harsh and discordant noise. heard the strident cry of the crow boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits. a boisterous crowd of party goers obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint. the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested

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Vociferous derives from the word Latin vox, which means "voice." But other English words can be used to describe those who compel attention by being loud and insistent. "Vociferous" implies a vehement shouting or calling out, but to convey the insistency of a demand or protest, "clamorous" might be a better choice. You could also use "strident" to suggest harsh and discordant noise in a protest, or "obstreperous" to imply loud, unruly and aggressive resistance to restraint. But someone who is noisy and turbulent due to high spirits rather than dissatisfaction might more aptly be called "boisterous."

Examples of vociferous in a Sentence

He is her most vociferous critic. He was vociferous in his support of the proposal. The decision was made over their vociferous objections.
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Then, last year, when Graham was prominently featured in the Spotlight investigation, he was contacted by a clergy abuse survivor from the Boston area who has been a vociferous advocate for other survivors. Michael Rezendes, BostonGlobe.com, "Body of priest exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago," 19 June 2018 In a series of essays that have only grown in relevance, some of the most vociferous advocates of last year’s women’s march offer an urgent call to arms for gender equality today. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 8 Jan. 2018 The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike in 2012, and its leadership is vociferous in criticizing the mayor. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Emanuel hits Rauner over Supreme Court decision, gets hit by Chicago Teachers Union," 28 June 2018 This is probably not the motto at the new Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine, an attractive Southlake restaurant ironically housed in a former Cici’s Pizza, but one step inside is enough to muffle even the most vociferous anti-buffet eater. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 Whether XXXTentacion had repented was another subject of vociferous debate. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Hero or Villain? Death of Rapper XXXTentacion Divides the Internet," 19 June 2018 Seattle has been in the midst of a vociferous debate over a new tax on major employers that will help fund housing and services for the homeless. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Seattle’s growing pains offer some lessons for Boston," 9 June 2018 After months of often vociferous debate in town, Lake Zurich Village Board members recently approved construction of a new Life Time Fitness facility on the former Hackney’s restaurant property. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "A source of contention among residents, Life Time Fitness now will be built in Lake Zurich," 8 May 2018 Murray has also donated significant amounts of money to Trump and is a vociferous critic of any regulation on mining and coal industries. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump tweet: EPA head Scott Pruitt is resigning," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of vociferous

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of vociferous

: expressing feelings or opinions in a very loud or forceful way : expressed in a very loud or forceful way

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