vo·​cif·​er·​ous | \ vō-ˈsi-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce vociferous (audio) \

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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Today, the most vociferous criticism of Saudi radicalism is directed against Saudi activities in the period before 2003 rather than in more recent years. Michael Rubin, National Review, "Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism," 26 June 2019 The Islamic Republic of Iran was founded in frank and vociferous opposition to the U.S. Karl Vick, Time, "If Neither Trump Nor Iran Want War, What Do They Want Instead?," 20 June 2019 When Trump receives the vociferous support of religious intellectuals, he is further legitimized on the right. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Conservative Christians in the US are battling about whether to fight nice," 17 June 2019 Varadkar has become a vociferous opponent of Brexit, a move Trump supports. Fox News, "Trump to mark 75th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy," 6 June 2019 This lack of payoff for Trump’s high-pressure foreign policy is one reason the trade war has invited such vociferous opposition. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "There are no bullets or bombs, but trade wars have real casualties," 6 July 2018 Cardinal Joseph Zen, a former bishop of Hong Kong and vociferous critic of the Vatican’s rapprochement with Beijing, denounced the deal before the signing as a betrayal of Chinese Catholics. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Reaches Out to Chinese Catholics After Deal on Bishops," 26 Sep. 2018 Consequently, there’s no particularly vociferous pro-Russell constituency out there. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The fight over renaming the Russell Senate Office Building after John McCain, explained," 29 Aug. 2018 Palpable unease has set in among several of Saudi Arabia’s usually vociferous proxies in Washington. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures," 16 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vociferous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of vociferous

1700, 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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