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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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 That kind of atmosphere is seen in the Brasileirao every week, with Neymar and co. counting on vociferous support to right the wrongs of four years ago and claim an historic sixth title. SI.com, "9 of the Best Football Chants at the World Cup," 18 June 2018 And Kris Kobach, a vociferous supporter of more voting restrictions, lost the governor’s race in Kansas. German Lopez, Vox, "Voter suppression really may have made the difference for Republicans in Georgia," 7 Nov. 2018 Apple and Amazon—both of which typically provide short and vague statements to reporters—offered extremely detailed and vociferous denials. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bloomberg report says backdoored Supermicro hardware infiltrated major US telecom," 9 Oct. 2018 Party leaders, including those who are more vociferous Trump backers, say they are unbothered by Mr. Molinaro’s approach. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "GOP Candidate Molinaro Keeps Trump at Arm’s Length to Reach Broader Voter Base," 3 Nov. 2018 Many of his fans followed suit, to the vociferous dismay of many others — a testament to how one artist's personal aesthetic choices can have such a far-reaching impression. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of vociferous

1700, in the meaning defined above

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

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