V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: extremely loud and often repetitious, especially said of shouting

Synonyms: loud, boisterous, clamorous, noisy, ranting, shouting, shrill, vocal

Antonyms: quiet, silent

Tips: Vociferous is derived from the Latin vocis, "voice" and ferre, "to carry." Picture making your voice carry, as with very loud shouting. Vociferous people express themselves very loudly and repeatedly. For a memory trick, note how vociferous looks and sounds like "voice is ferocious." Think of a loud cry, almost a roar, coming out of someone who is vociferous. Vociferous is often used to describe a loud group of protestors, as they are both loud and repetitious in their protests.

Usage Examples:

The vociferous strikers chanted and yelled at anyone who crossed the picket line. (loud, shouting, boisterous)

Oddly, the most vociferous of the politician's critics is his own daughter. (vocal, boisterous)

The vociferous coach yelled at the players throughout the entire game. (loud, shouting, shrill)

I finally succumbed to his vociferous demands because I was tired of hearing them day after day. (ranting, vocal)

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