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[voh-sif-er-uh s] /voʊˈsɪf ər əs/
crying out noisily; clamorous.
characterized by or uttered with vociferation:
a vociferous manner of expression.
Origin of vociferous
First recorded in 1605-15; vocifer(ant) + -ous
Related forms
vociferously, adverb
vociferousness, noun
unvociferous, adjective
unvociferously, adverb
unvociferousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
1. loud, noisy, vocal, uproarious, boisterous. Unabridged
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  • A host of batrachians and reptiles bestir themselves after a long winter sleep and vociferously proclaim their presence.

    North America Israel C. Russell
  • But he contrived to charm us, after all, till we cheered him vociferously.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • The diligence is attended by the usual mendicants, vociferously appealing for alms.

  • He will not only do these things, but defend them vociferously.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • On the 1st March 1847 they collected in the morning outside his house in Theresienstrasse, cheering him vociferously.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • Illinois was, of course, overwhelmingly and vociferously for him.

British Dictionary definitions for vociferously


characterized by vehemence, clamour, or noisiness: vociferous protests
making an outcry or loud noises; clamorous: a vociferous mob
Derived Forms
vociferously, adverb
vociferousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vociferously



1610s, from Latin vociferari "to shout, yell," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice" + root of ferre "to carry" (see infer). Related: Vociferating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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