Synonyms & Antonyms of earsplitting

marked by a high volume of sound
  • the earsplitting noise coming from the jackhammers at the construction site

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How does the adjective earsplitting contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of earsplitting are loud, raucous, stentorian, and strident. While all these words mean "marked by intensity or volume of sound," earsplitting implies loudness that is physically discomforting.

the earsplitting sound of a siren

When is it sensible to use loud instead of earsplitting?

Although the words loud and earsplitting have much in common, loud applies to any volume above normal and may suggest undue vehemence or obtrusiveness.

loud shouts of protest

When is raucous a more appropriate choice than earsplitting?

The meanings of raucous and earsplitting largely overlap; however, raucous implies a loud harsh grating tone, especially of voice, and may suggest rowdiness.

the raucous shouts of drunken revelers

Where would stentorian be a reasonable alternative to earsplitting?

While in some cases nearly identical to earsplitting, stentorian implies great power and range.

an actor with a stentorian voice

In what contexts can strident take the place of earsplitting?

While the synonyms strident and earsplitting are close in meaning, strident implies a rasping discordant but insistent quality, especially of voice.

the strident voices of hecklers

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The first known use of earsplitting was in 1761

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“Earsplitting.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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