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raucous (adj) [Of sound] loud and harsh. [Of behavior] impolite, noisy and violent.

Raucous laughter sounds unpleasantly loud and harsh. A raucous voice is a loud and harsh voice. A raucous group of persons are impolite, noisy and violent persons.

  • As the midnight marking the new year approached, the young men celebrating it became more and more raucous. They were talking in loud and harsh voices and their behavior was quite disorderly.
  • As the speaker made his point there was a raucous protest from those who objected to it. They shouted in loud and harsh voices, ‘shame, shame.’
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