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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 third-year forward was performing his signature vociferous slam-dunk celebration for a group of team videographers. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Sep. 2021 Nasrallah offered no evidence to support the claim which was seen as a vociferous defense of the group's political allies who have been targeted in the investigation. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 While clearly irked by the surprise deal, many observers have suggested that the vociferous reaction from France may be more directed toward a domestic audience, where President Emmanuel Macron faces a reelection bid early next year. David Rising, ajc, 23 Sep. 2021 As the country burned, politicians and a vociferous Murdoch media (which may since have done a U-turn) belittled and mocked climate change activists. Katherine Tulich, Variety, 13 Sep. 2021 Whether vociferous or mild, the critics who dismissed his novel and his coming out as of little importance did so despite presumably knowing all of this. Alexander Chee, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 In San Diego County, the percentage is higher — roughly 77 percent have gotten at least the first shot — though the opposition, judging by the hours of public comments at government meetings, is vociferous. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 Peterson, who’s been very vociferous against his former team, will play the Cardinals in the second game. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2021 For a small but vociferous segment of Americans, grudging acceptance of masking last year has morphed into antipathy this year. Philissa Cramer, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Aug. 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 17 Oct. 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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