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clamor1

[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.
Also, especially British, clamour.
Origin
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.
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  • But it is not only gringos who clamour to stop deforestation.
British Dictionary definitions for clamour

clamour

/ˈklæmə/
noun
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
verb
4.
(intransitive; often foll by for or against) to make a loud noise or outcry; make a public demand: they clamoured for attention
5.
(transitive) to move, influence, or force by outcry: the people clamoured him out of office
Derived Forms
clamourer, (US) clamorer, noun
clamorous, adjective
clamorously, adverb
clamorousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French clamour, from Latin clāmor, from clāmāre to cry out
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Word Origin and History for clamour

chiefly British English spelling of clamor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. Related: Clamoured; clamouring; clamourous.

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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