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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Recent Examples on the Web But as has often been the case in debates about social media moderation, criticism that Facebook isn’t doing enough has been accompanied by equally vociferous criticism that the company is doing too much. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 How strange that the Younger writers chose to create a fake scandal outside the publishing world when the most famous living author of our time is a vociferous transphobe and is still racking up book deals and amassing a fortune. Maris Kreizman, Town & Country, 16 May 2021 There are vociferous complaints about The Times’ investigation and other media reports. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 And a small but vociferous faction of independence advocates continues to argue that support for that option has been constrained by economic exploitation and the repression of activists. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 30 Apr. 2021 The hit Apple TV+ series, about an American football coach recruited to manage a U.K. soccer team, earned a vociferous fanbase during the pandemic, when its messages of community and optimism were needed more than ever. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 20 Apr. 2021 Alex Maltman, a professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Aberystwyth, in Wales, is a vociferous critic of the notion that rocks are somehow a source of minerality. Adam Leith Gollner, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 The effort foundered amid a lack of White House support and vociferous opposition from the industry and its congressional allies. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 2021 The effort foundered amid a lack of White House support and vociferous opposition from the industry and its congressional allies. Author: Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2021

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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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