adjective Date: circa 1611 marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry • vociferously adverbvociferousness noun Synonyms: 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 removed from the hall

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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