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clamor1

or (especially British) clamour

[klam-er] /ˈklæm ər/
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.
Origin of clamor1
1350-1400
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 forms
clamorer, clamorist, noun
Synonyms
1. shouting. 2. vociferation. 4. See noise.
Usage note
See -our.

clamor2

[klam-er] /ˈklæm ər/
verb (used with object), Obsolete
1.
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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  • A multitude of people had assembled and were clamoring for the death of this man.

    The Centurion's Story David James Burrell
  • Is it surprising that the public is clamoring for the complete elimination of the breweries?

  • It sounded as though everything thinkable and unthinkable was rioting and clamoring in the depths of the stream.

  • But all at once the infants had awoke, clamoring for nourishment.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • They were all clamoring to buy food and drink—and none seemed forthcoming.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
Word Origin and History for clamoring

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.)).

v.

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

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