clamor

1 [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.
verb (used without object)
5.
to make a clamor; raise an outcry.
verb (used with object)
6.
to drive, force, influence, etc., by clamoring: The newspapers clamored him out of office.
7.
to utter noisily: They clamored their demands at the meeting.
Also, especially British, clamour.


Origin:
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)

clamorer, clamorist, noun


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


See -our.
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clamor

2 [klam-er]
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
to silence.

Origin:
1605–15; perhaps spelling variant of clammer, obsolete variant of clamber in sense “to clutch,” hence “reduce to silence”

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clamour or clamor (ˈklæmə)
 
n
1.  a loud persistent outcry, as from a large number of people
2.  a vehement expression of collective feeling or outrage: a clamour against higher prices
3.  a loud and persistent noise: the clamour of traffic
 
vb
4.  (intr; often foll by for or against) to make a loud noise or outcry; make a public demand: they clamoured for attention
5.  (tr) to move, influence, or force by outcry: the people clamoured him out of office
 
[C14: from Old French clamour, from Latin clāmor, from clāmāre to cry out]
 
clamor or clamor
 
n
 
vb
 
[C14: from Old French clamour, from Latin clāmor, from clāmāre to cry out]
 
'clamourer or clamor
 
n
 
'clamorer or clamor
 
n
 
'clamorous or clamor
 
adj
 
'clamorously or clamor
 
adv
 
'clamorousness or clamor
 
n

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clamor
late 14c., from O.Fr. clamour, from L. clamor "a shout," from clamare "to cry out" (see claim). Related: Clamorous (1520s), clamorously (1530s).
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Example sentences
Now oil prices are so high that some of the oil-fired power plants sit idle, even as people clamor for more electricity.
When a growing population of eligible students clamor for a fixed number of available positions, admission rates decline.
Kids clamor for them because they make them feel cool and grown-up.
The voting is over, and the country has many other issues that clamor for attention.
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