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Feb 26, 2009
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
contumacious
lachrymose
peripatetic
obstreperous
coeval

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with Anu Garg

obstreperous

PRONUNCIATION:
(ob-STREP-uhr-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Noisy or unruly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin obstreperus (clamorous), from ob- (against) + strepere (to make a noise).

USAGE:
"One email informs me of a friend's trepidation at having to undergo a stress test as recommended by her physician. And she is not referring to the stress associated with the presence of recalcitrant children and an obstreperous spouse."
Vanaja Rao; That Sick Feeling; Gulf News (UAE); Feb 5, 2009.

See more usage examples of obstreperous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he adores the flag. -Kin Hubbard, humorist (1868-1930)

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