Obstreperous is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of obstreperous, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - noisily and stubbornly defiant
EXAMPLES - Obstreperous in a Sentence
- I think rightwingers just shoot obstreperous crazies. (source)
- When Amzil is here, Kara is quite obstreperous, full of questions. (source)
- For a while they managed to forget all about their obstreperous son. (source)
- If only America were branded obstreperous, insulting and a blow-hard. (source)
- An obstreperous and even buffonish comment. 22% of Israel's population is Arab. (source)
- For sure the Clintons have been very fortunate in their most obstreperous enemies. (source)
- But his main role continued to be as an "obstreperous reporter looking for trouble." (source)
- Getting along with obstreperous opponents is best done when they are flat on the mat and kept there. (source)
- The teacher and her "obstreperous" pupils had disappeared from Horsford and had been almost forgotten. (source)
- My father took the only course, as it seemed, that was open to "obstreperous" slaves - he took to the woods. (source)
- And Kasuan T. Wilson is endearingly obstreperous as the teenage Jamal, who hankers to fuse gospel with gangster rap. (source)
- Saddam's refusal to comply merely showed that he had a mentality, typical of the region - obstinate and obstreperous. (source)
- She'd been replaced by her adversary, a big obstreperous huffing puffing sky filling monster with but one goal-to get us WET! (source)
- It's at this point in a presidential race that obstreperous and passionate movements and candidacies would normally be rising. (source)
- The other movements, however, also seemed obstreperous, the loud moments too hammered, the pleasant dance of the third movement too heavy. (source)
- How does one deal with such a difficult yet weighty neighbor, a neighbor who can cause no end of mischief if it becomes truly obstreperous? (source)
- Marling's set is crisp and flinty, confident in the face of an obstreperous audience that chatters incessantly, despite her polite pleas for quiet. (source)
- As his rating bumped still lower, he found himself constrained at every step by a hostile parliament, obstreperous governors, and unruly businessmen. (source)
- The last 8 years have taught us that folks like her think that 'staying the course' is resolve when it is actually obstreperous and intransgient stupidity. (source)
- But the truthers quickly became known as obstreperous crazies who disrupted media events, most notably a taping of the HBO show "Real Time With Bill Maher," in 2007. (source)
- When people who have never heard a spoken word try to speak, the sounds come out jumbled and weird-leading ill-informed jailers to think they are obstreperous or crazy. (source)
- He meets an Englishman on a French train who pleases him much, and the two become good friends and see Rome together, but the fellow's wife is "obstreperous" and "haughty in her manner" and so (source)
- The judge can also be the doctor himself: Physicians have the right to eject entire families from their practice when an obstreperous patient refuses - or even questions - routine vaccinations. (source)
- He's been handed a blank check to be as obstreperous as he likes, and he even gets a raised platform and a nice gavel to impose his will on administration initiatives that go through his committee. (source)
- Chinese OFDI has the potential to become a large portion of global cross-border investment, but China's obstreperous use of bargaining power creates political obstacles which may inhibit that growth. (source)
- Still, the book vividly depicts Cosell as a brilliant meteor that soared through the electronic sky before ultimately fading, dimmed by controversy, age, exhaustion and perhaps his own obstreperous personality. (source)
- His father was Carl Cohen, a casino manager in Las Vegas, and part-owner of the Sands hotel, who was notorious for having punched an obstreperous Frank Sinatra in the mouth in 1967, causing the singer to lose two teeth. (source)
- In this, Mr. Ansell is reminiscent of Henry David Thoreau in "Walden" the Bhagavad Gita-loving sensualist-ascetic rather than the obstreperous New Englander, committed to the dedicated "business" of living and observing. (source)
- It says a lot for the band-or the liquor-that there was a Latin sarabando in progress at one end of the hall while an obstreperous bunch of trappers were performing a Virginia reel at the other, to the satisfaction of all. (source)
- When she arrives in the White House (as the pundit class predicts) she will have no mandate as president and she will have a huge cohort of independent Dems who will be obstreperous obstacles to anything she might want to do. (source)
- Anyone who thinks Sarah Palin is a uniquely nutty American phenomenon has not had the pleasure of listening to Nigel Farage, the truly obstreperous Member of the European Parliament from Britain's extreme Eurosceptic UK Independence Party. (source)
- When people like Ms. Kirk-Davidoff -- who has what she calls an "oppositional" personality -- hear of crusades to keep obstreperous types in line -- whether it's in schoolyards, on airplanes, or during presidential debates -- they get ornery. (source)
- If so, you may find yourself headed to anger-management classes, which have become an all-purpose antidote for fit-throwing celebrities, chair-throwing coaches, vandals, road ragers, delinquent teens, disruptive airline passengers, and obstreperous employees. (source)
- And if Clinton and Obama had voted "yes," McCain's statement would have called them obstreperous Democrats who dragged out the funding debate, recklessly put the troops in harm's way, and distracted Congress from more important business for 3 months longer than necessary. (source)
- A Los Angeles artist who gave that city's art establishment a bursting sense of pride for having nurtured such an obstreperous talent, he earned his celebrity status in part by retaining the obsessions and wounds of a smart Catholic working-class kid from the suburbs of Detroit who had never entirely assimilated to his sun-splashed California home. (source)
- I remember it well and not only wrote about it in my first book The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way but I was part of the obstreperous group of New Yorkers fighting to save the 33 historic theaters which remained - finally landmarked after an intense civic battle - as the heart of what is left of the authentic Theater District/Times Square. (source)
- Mr. Hiltzik seems to be aiming to do for FDR and his Brains Trust what Doris Kearns Goodwin did in 2005 for Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet in "Team of Rivals": to explain how an able commander harnessed an improbably talented and obstreperous crew of advisers and steered them in an unprecedented direction, changing the character of America and rescuing it from crisis along the way. (source)
- Edgar bade him adieu; and the faithful Ferdinand drove him wherever he had to go, and finally to Kensington Palace Gardens, where he was ushered into the drawing-room, to find Marilda, resolved upon unconsciousness, but only succeeding in a kind of obstreperous cordiality and good will, which, together with the hot room, made him quite dizzy; and his answers were so much at random, that he sent (source)
- Needless to say, even after giving these remarks, the pope still has a huge public-relations problem on his hands, and how that will be solved will depend on a number of factors: whether the Lefebvrists admit the teaching authority of Vatican II; whether they discipline the anti-Semites in their midst (or purge them if they prove obstreperous); and whether they can divorce their liturgical traditionalism from their penchant for dictatorial political regimes. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 42.0, which suggests that "obstreperous" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 21 synonyms for obstreperous.
blusterous, boisterous, booming, clamorous, disorderly, loud, out of hand, piercing, raising Cain, raising the roof, rambunctious, riotous, rowdy, screaming, strepitous, tumultous, unmanageable, unruly, uproarious, vociferous, wild
We have 0 antonyms for obstreperous.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ŏb-strĕpˈər-əs, əb-)
View up to 25 definitions of obstreperous from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Noisily and stubbornly defiant.
- (adjective) Aggressively boisterous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; boisterous.
- (adjective) Noisily and stubbornly defiant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; clamorous; noisy; vociferous.
- (adjective) Resistant to control; unruly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Making a great noise or outcry; clamorous; vociferous; noisy.
- (None) Synonyms Tumultuous, boisterous, uproarious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) noisily and stubbornly defiant
- (adjective) boisterously and noisily aggressive