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Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Definitions for vociferous

  1. crying out noisily; clamorous.
  2. characterized by or uttered with vociferation: a vociferous manner of expression.

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Citations for vociferous
The grass grew quietly in the highways--the bleating sheep and frolicksome calves sported about the verdant ridge, where now the Broadway loungers take their morning stroll… and flocks of vociferous geese cackled about the fields, where now the great Tammany wigwam and the patriotic tavern of Martling echo with the wranglings of the mob. Washington Irving, A History of New York, 1809
When I first heard a speaker preach illwill from a Rotary rostrum, I thought to myself: "That guy is going to be told plenty when he gets through." But to my surprise he was greeted with vociferous applause. Frederick Phillips, "A Rostrum without Hate," The Rotarian, July, 1952
Origin of vociferous
Vociferous descends from the Latin vociferārī meaning "to shout," which in turn derives from the Latin root vōx meaning "voice." It entered English in the early 1600s.