vociferous

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adjective vo·cif·er·ous \vō-ˈsi-f(ə-)rəs\

Definition of vociferous

  1. :  marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry

vociferously

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vociferousness

noun

Examples of vociferous in a Sentence

  1. He is her most vociferous critic.

  2. He was vociferous in his support of the proposal.

  3. The decision was made over their vociferous objections.

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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."

First Known Use of vociferous

circa 1611

Synonym Discussion of vociferous

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

VOCIFEROUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of vociferous for English Language Learners

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



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