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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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Recent Examples on the Web The initiative’s announcement comes amid vociferous opposition by President Trump to mail-in voting. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 13-14," 24 Apr. 2020 Her vociferous support of Trump, however, caught some by surprise. Jake Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, "The Fundraising Pulpit," 8 Apr. 2020 The rapper-singer-flutist, known for her vociferous support of body positivity, won a standing ovation from Harry Styles and cheers from the crowd after showing off her impressive drinking skills at the Brits. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Brit-winner Dave makes political statement in performance, calling Boris Johnson out on racism," 19 Feb. 2020 In contrast, 20 West cheerleaders welcomed the vociferous standing-room only Ben Boeke Arena crowd. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "They have more cheerleaders than skaters, but the West Eagles have enough firepower to rule CIC hockey," 9 Feb. 2020 Travelling up and down the country, either at a weekend or in midweek, Leeds' supporters have continued to back their side in their droves by selling out away allocations and offering vociferous support from the sidelines. SI.com, "15 Years of Pain - Time for Leeds to Do Marcelo Bielsa Justice & Earn Promotion Back to the Big Time," 9 Oct. 2019 And Duncan wasn’t nearly as vociferous as Popovich. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Monty Williams jokingly advises Tim Duncan to 'quit while he's ahead' after win as acting head coach," 6 Mar. 2020 Trump responded with a shot on Twitter that also addressed Cuomo's brother, Chris, who is a vociferous critic of the president via his position as an anchor on CNN. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'Moved quickly': Andrew Cuomo praises President Trump's coronavirus response," 14 Mar. 2020 Sanders, by contrast, has been a vociferous critic of American foreign policy for the same period, and has rarely if ever been in the room where key decisions are made. Noah Millman, TheWeek, "Biden and Sanders yearn for a bygone world," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of vociferous

1700, in the meaning defined above

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“Vociferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vociferous. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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