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clamor (noun) a loud noise; a loud demand for, or complaint about, something.

A loud and confused noise, as of a number of people shouting together, is clamor. When the classes give over for the day at school, we hear the clamor of school children, as they shout together in joy, rushing out of school. The clamor of people as they gather for a meeting is the mixture of noises produced by their talking among themselves. 'The clamor of the guests in the dining hall made it impossible for her to hear what her daughter was whispering.' This means that in the noise of the guests chatting with one another, she could not hear what her daughter was saying. When a number of people together demand something loudly or protest against something, the resultant noise is a clamor. 'As the union leader began to speak there was a clamor from the workers to know the terms of the new agreement.' This means that the workers eagerly demanded to know from their leader the details of the new agreement between the union and the management.

  • The clamor of shouts and catcalls grew louder and louder, and continued until the performer stopped singing. So poor was his singing.
  • As unemployment is on the rise there is more and more clamor for jobs, and more and more demand for a hike in the unemployment allowance.
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