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1 engaging in or marked by loud and insistent cries especially of protest
  • an obstreperous crowd protesting the government's immigration policy

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2 given to resisting authority or another's control
  • the club's president was at his wits' end with obstreperous members who refused to cooperate

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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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The first known use of obstreperous was circa 1600

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“Obstreperous.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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