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clamor1

[klam-er]
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noun
  1. a loud uproar, as from a crowd of people: the clamor of the crowd at the gates.
  2. a vehement expression of desire or dissatisfaction: the clamor of the proponents of the law.
  3. popular outcry: The senators could not ignore the clamor against higher taxation.
  4. any loud and continued noise: the clamor of traffic; the clamor of birds and animals in the zoo.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a clamor; raise an outcry.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to drive, force, influence, etc., by clamoring: The newspapers clamored him out of office.
  2. to utter noisily: They clamored their demands at the meeting.
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Also especially British, clam·our.

Origin of clamor1

1350–1400; Middle English clamor (< Anglo-French) < Latin, equivalent to clām- (see claim) + -or -or1; Middle English clamour < Middle French < Latin clāmōr- (stem of clāmor)
Related formsclam·or·er, clam·or·ist, noun

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1. shouting. 2. vociferation. 4. See noise.

Usage note

See -our.

clamor2

[klam-er]
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
  1. to silence.
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Origin of clamor2

1605–15; perhaps spelling variant of clammer, obsolete variant of clamber in sense “to clutch,” hence “reduce to silence”
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Word Origin and History for clamor

n.

late 14c., from Old French clamor "call, cry, appeal, outcry" (12c., Modern French clameur), from Latin clamor "a shout, a loud call" (either friendly or hostile), from clamare "to cry out" (see claim (v.)).

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v.

late 14c., from clamor (n.). Related: Clamored; clamoring.

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