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A.Word.A.Day--strepitant

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strepitant (STREP-i-tant) adjective, also strepitous

Noisy; boisterous.

[From Latin strepitantem, present participle of strepitare, from strepere (to make a noise).]

"Thus it is not to be wondered at that throughout Mr Anderson was too loud; even his soliloquies, in the orchard of his foe's house, were as strepitous as if challenging the household to oppose him, and, while he overhears Juliet's apostrophe of love to himself, his `asides' are delivered in a tone so loud, that it requires a great effort of imagination in the auditor to suppose the lady does not hear them." Past Notes: Romeo and Juliet, The Guardian (London), Aug 4, 1994.

"Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive; Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant." Robert Browning (1812-1889), Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha, Dramatic Lyrics, 1842.

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