See vocal 1. 2)
vociferous, boisterous, clamorous, obstreperous, strident
An angry crowd might be vociferous, which implies loud and unrestrained shouting or crying out (a vociferous argument). A happy crowd might be boisterous, which implies noisy exuberance or high-spirited rowdiness (a boisterous celebration of spring). A crowd that wants something is likely to be clamorous, which suggests an urgent or insistent vociferousness in demanding or protesting something. If people's demands are not met, they might become obstreperous, which means noisy in an unruly and aggressive way, usually in defiance of authority (an obstreperous child). Strident suggests a harsh, grating loudness that is particularly distressing to the ear (her strident voice could be heard throughout the building).

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  • vociferous — vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous are comparable when they mean so loud and noisy, especially vocally, as to compel attention, often unwilling attention. Vociferous implies both loud and vehement cries or shouts;… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vociferous — [vō sif′ər əs] adj. [L vociferari (see VOCIFERATE) + OUS] 1. loud, noisy, or vehement in making one s feelings known; clamorous 2. characterized by clamor or vehement outcry vociferously adv. vociferousness n. SYN. VOCIFEROUS suggests loud and… …   English World dictionary

  • Vociferous — Vo*cif er*ous, a. [Cf. F. vocif[ e]re.] Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy; as, vociferous heralds. {Vo*cif er*ous*ly}, adv. {Vo*cif er*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vociferous — index blatant (obtrusive), loquacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vociferous — (adj.) 1610s, from L. vociferari to shout, yell, from vox (gen. vocis) voice + root of ferre to carry (see INFER (Cf. infer)). Related: Vociferating …   Etymology dictionary

  • vociferous — [adj] loud, insistent boisterous, clamant, clamorous, distracting, loud mouthed, noisy, obstreperous, ranting, shouting, shrill, strident, uproarious, vehement, vociferant; concepts 267,592,594 Ant. quiet, silent …   New thesaurus

  • vociferous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ vehement or clamorous. DERIVATIVES vociferously adverb vociferousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin vociferari exclaim …   English terms dictionary

  • vociferous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. loud, noisy, clamorous; blatant, obstreperous, loudmouthed. See loudness, cry. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. clamorous, blatant, noisy, strident, boisterous, obstreperous; see also loud 1 , shrill .… …   English dictionary for students

  • vociferous — adjective Date: circa 1611 marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry • vociferously adverb • vociferousness noun Synonyms: vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vociferous — vo|cif|er|ous [vəˈsıfərəs, vəu US vou ] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: vociferari to talk loudly , from vox ( VOICE1) + ferre to carry ] expressing your opinions loudly and strongly ▪ a vociferous opponent of the plan vociferous in …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vociferous — [[t]vəsɪ̱fərəs, AM voʊs [/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as vociferous, you mean that they speak with great energy and determination, because they want their views to be heard. He was a vociferous opponent of Conservatism... His… …   English dictionary

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