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[voh-sif-er-uh s] /voʊˈsɪf ər əs/
crying out noisily; clamorous.
characterized by or uttered with vociferation:
a vociferous manner of expression.
Origin of vociferous
1605-15; vocifer(ant) + -ous
Related forms
vociferously, adverb
vociferousness, noun
unvociferous, adjective
unvociferously, adverb
unvociferousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
1. loud, noisy, vocal, uproarious, boisterous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vociferous
  • Yet a small but vociferous number of scientists remain undeterred.
  • Being vociferous breeders and feeding on the eggs and chicks of other birds, crows drove indigenous species from entire suburbs.
  • The over vociferous anti-drug people have a long history of exaggeration and lies.
  • But supporters of the quotas are vociferous-and politically well-connected in their home countries.
  • They represent vociferous but insignificant minorities.
  • He pokes fun at their heel-clicking and their vociferous commands.
  • Regardless of who's right or wrong, those clamoring for reform are vociferous and determined.
  • It's too bad that vociferous debate over the latter seems likely to suck all the oxygen away from the former.
  • And insecure people often become more vociferous and defensive.
  • They range from outright approval to vociferous opposition, according to how these groups view domestic farm subsidies.
British Dictionary definitions for vociferous


characterized by vehemence, clamour, or noisiness: vociferous protests
making an outcry or loud noises; clamorous: a vociferous mob
Derived Forms
vociferously, adverb
vociferousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vociferous

1610s, from Latin vociferari "to shout, yell," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice" + root of ferre "to carry" (see infer). Related: Vociferating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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