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susurration

[soo-suh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a soft murmur; whisper.
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Origin of susurration

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin susurrātiōn- (stem of susurrātiō), equivalent to susurrāt(us) (past participle of susurrāre; see susurrus, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
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Related Words

susurrus, purr, undertone, babble, whisper, grumble, mutter, hum, rumble, drone, sigh, whispering, humming, mumble, rumor, buzz, muttering, murmuration, sough, buzzing

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Historical Examples

  • His own name, pronounced in the utmost compression of susurration, they say, he catches at a quarter furlong interval.

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    Charles Lamb

  • If he had read his Biffin he would have known that the correct terms are a "susurration of sparrows" and a "pop of weasels."


Word Origin and History for susurration

n.

"whisper, murmur," c.1400, from Latin susurrationem (nominative susurratio), from past participle stem of susurrare, from susurrus "murmur, whisper," a reduplication of the PIE imitative base *swer- (2) "to buzz, whisper" (cf. Sanskrit svarati "sounds, resounds," Greek syrinx "flute," Latin surdus "dull, mute," Old Church Slavonic svirati "to whistle," Lithuanian surmo "pipe, shawm," German schwirren "to buzz," Old English swearm "swarm").

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