vociferous

adjective
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

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, deriving from a combination of the Latin vox ("voice") with ferre ("to carry"), is one of a number of English words that 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 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.
Recent Examples on the Web For decades, China has tried to force Taiwan into diplomatic isolation by picking off its allies and launching vociferous campaigns against any semblance of recognition of Taiwan as a nation, including visits by foreign dignitaries. Yasmeen Abutaleb, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 Confronted with parents' vociferous demands to fire Arredondo, Harrell said Monday that the police chief was a contract employee who could not be fired at will. CBS News, 21 July 2022 Confronted with parents’ vociferous demands to fire Arredondo and warnings that his job would be next, Superintendent Hal Harrell said Monday that the police chief was a contract employee who could not be fired at will. Jake Bleiberg, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 Those demands grew more vociferous as winter turned to spring and Russia’s war against Ukraine rocked energy markets and gas prices soared. New York Times, 15 July 2022 Melvin is nineteen and blind, but still vociferous. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 That hasn’t moved Republicans from rural states, where gun owners are numerous, well-organized and vociferous. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send all three bills to the House floor for a vote Friday afternoon, despite vociferous objections from gun-rights supporters. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 In addition to Finland and Sweden, Georgia — like Ukraine, a former Soviet republic — has also expressed a desire to join NATO despite Moscow’s vociferous objections. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vociferous

1700, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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“Vociferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vociferous. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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