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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 Francisco Lindor, whose brief but vociferous confrontation with Sergio Romo during Friday’s game caused both benches to empty, was the first batter of Saturday night’s game, as usual. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins' Sergio Romo frustrated by one-game suspension for bench-clearing incident," 13 Sep. 2020 Scarborough, who was once friendly with President Trump, has emerged as one of his most vociferous critics over the past few years along with his co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Deplorable': Joe Scarborough condemns Portland mayor and Oregon governor for failure to restore order," 30 Aug. 2020 The 2020 Gators, who are ranked No. 8 in the polls, also are going to lose the impact of one of the most vociferous crowds in the college football. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF announces 20% seating capacity for 2020," 3 Sep. 2020 The conversation between Hannity and Gaetz, both vociferous Trump supporters, was included as a part of a House Ethics Committee report released last week. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Texts show Sean Hannity helped Matt Gaetz after Michael Cohen tweet got him in trouble," 24 Aug. 2020 Take a few minutes here to check out the tank that serves as an important water source for waterfowl, deer, elk, myriad little critters and a vociferous flock of mountain bluebirds. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "If you want to hike where the people aren't, try this trail south of Flagstaff. Here's how," 15 Aug. 2020 On Monday, Cornhuskers coach Scott Frost was even more vociferous than Day in his belief that Nebraska would seek other avenues for games. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State will not seek its own games after Big Ten vote to cancel football in fall 2020," 11 Aug. 2020 The checkpoints arrive during a time of vociferous debate over the role of law enforcement in the city. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Virus ‘Checkpoints’ in N.Y.C. to Enforce Travel Rules? Well, Not Exactly," 6 Aug. 2020 The VIPs would, of course, be seated separately onstage — not six feet apart, but not amid the storm of exhalations, coughs, vociferous cheers and sneezes. Washington Post, "Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction," 23 June 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 24 Sep. 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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