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clamor1

[klam-er]
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

Synonyms

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

Usage note

See -our.
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Examples from the Web for clamoured

Historical Examples

  • To be clamoured at for repairs studied for, rather than really wanted?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Each of these three had clamoured that Andre-Louis Moreau should be one of its delegates.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "The end—this thing has no end," he clamoured, unexpectedly.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • They clamoured for the one man who would fulfil every ideal of Cæsarship and of might.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • "You can shoot the ruffian, you can shoot S. Behrman," clamoured one of the group.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris


Word Origin and History for clamoured

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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clamor

v.

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

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