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clamor +‎ -ous; compare Latin clāmōrōsus and French clamoreux (obsolete), from Latin clāmōrem.



clamorous (comparative more clamorous, superlative most clamorous)

  1. Of or pertaining to clamor.
    1. (of sounds) Of great intensity.
      Synonym: loud
      a clamorous fire alarm
      • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act III, Scene 2,[1]
        [] he took the bride about the neck,
        And kiss’d her lips with such a clamorous smack
        That at the parting all the church did echo.
      • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, London: Smith, Elder, Volume 1, Chapter 11, p. 200,[2]
        [] the sound [of laughter] ceased, only for an instant; it began again, louder: for at first, though distinct, it was very low. It passed off in a clamorous peal that seemed to wake an echo in every lonely chamber;
    2. (of people, animals or things) Creating a loud noise.
      Synonym: noisy
      clamorous trumpets
    3. (of emotions or feelings) Expressed loudly.
      • 1769, Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, London: A. Millar, Part 1, Section 2, Chapter 4, p. 42,[4]
        We are disgusted with that clamorous grief, which, without any delicacy, calls upon our compassion with sighs and tears and importunate lamentations.
      • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, London: T. Egerton, Volume 2, Chapter 18, p. 226,[5]
        [] in the clamorous happiness of Lydia herself in bidding farewell, the more gentle adieus of her sisters were uttered without being heard.
    4. (of times, places, events or activities) Filled with or accompanied by a great deal of noise.
      Synonym: noisy
      a clamorous market
      • 1847, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline, Boston: Ticknor, Part 4, p. 49,[6]
        Life had long been astir in the village, and clamorous labor
        Knocked with its hundred hands at the golden gates of the morning.
      • 1995, Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance, London: Faber & Faber, Chapter 11, p. 425,[7]
        [] he tried rising late, but the clamorous dawn, filled with clanging milkmen and argumentative crows, was always victorious.
    5. (of people or speech) Insistently expressing a desire for something.
      Synonym: vociferous
      • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene 4,[8]
        Be clamorous and leap all civil bounds
        Rather than make unprofited return.
      • 1656, William Sanderson, A Compleat History of the Lives and Reigns of Mary Queen of Scotland, and of [] James the Sixth, King of Scotland, and [] King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, the First, London, p. 418,[9]
        [] Overbury in the mean time might write clamorous and furious Letters to his Friends,
      • 1776, Adam Smith, An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, Volume 2, Book 4, Chapter 7, Part 1, p. 148,[10]
        The people became clamorous to get land, and the rich and the great, we may believe, were perfectly determined not to give them any part of theirs.
      • 1853, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth, London: Chapman and Hall, Volume 3, Chapter 2, p. 58,[11]
        They were clamorous for an expedition to the hills, before the calm stillness of the autumn should be disturbed by storms.
  2. Having especially (and often unpleasantly) bright or contrasting colours or patterns.
    Synonyms: garish, gaudy, loud
    • 1970, Patrick White, The Vivisector, New York: Avon, 1980, Chapter 6, p. 376,[12]
      She led them along a path edged with round, whitewashed stones and equally rounded basils of a clamorous green.
    • 2015, John Irving, Avenue of the Mysteries, New York: Simon and Schuster, Chapter 9, p. 99,[13]
      It was impossible to overlook the clamorous parrots on the new missionary’s Hawaiian shirt.


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