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[voh-sif-uh-reyt] /voʊˈsɪf əˌreɪt/
verb (used with or without object), vociferated, vociferating.
to speak or cry out loudly or noisily; shout; bawl.
Origin of vociferate
1590-1600; < Latin vōciferātus (past participle of vōciferāri to shout), equivalent to vōci-, stem of vōx voice + fer(re) to bear1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
vociferator, noun
outvociferate, verb (used with object), outvociferated, outvociferating. Unabridged
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  • In matters really vital to him his will was granite and he commanded a silence which could vociferate "Hands off!"

    Immortal Youth Lucien Price
  • His crew in the mean time had begun to vociferate something I could not understand.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • To vociferate is commonly applied to loud and excited speech where there is little besides the exertion of voice.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • The King continued to vociferate that the States had never had any intention of restoring the cities.

  • How the call-man, with his violin under his chin, stopped playing to vociferate his orders, or anathematize some bewildered pair!

    Bressant Julian Hawthorne
  • Several, when they saw us, came forward, and began to shake their spears and vociferate loudly.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • "He is the socialist Emperor," vociferate the trusty partisans of the faubourgs.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • His muscles were at once exerted to withdraw his head, and to vociferate a warning to his fellow; but his movement was too slow.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • The drivers began to vociferate, each calling on the other to give way.

  • When he appears to give out the play, they vociferate his name.

British Dictionary definitions for vociferate


to exclaim or cry out about (something) clamorously, vehemently, or insistently
Derived Forms
vociferation, noun
vociferator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vōciferārī to clamour, from vōx voice + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for vociferate

1620s, from Latin vociferatus, past participle of vociferari, from voci-, stem of vox "voice" (see voice (n.)) + ferre "to carry" (see infer). Related: Vociferated; vociferating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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