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Word of the Day – strepitous

(DICTIONARY.COM)

Strepitous / strep-i-tuhs / adjective

DEFINITION

Boisterous; noisy

CITATION

The New Orleans-based songwriter … leans into more explicitly gospel territory here, letting his strepitous guitar take a backseat to an upright-piano melody and choral harmonies.RACHEL HORN, “SONGS WE LOVE: BENJAMIN BOOKER, ‘WITNESS (FEAT. MAVIS STAPLES)’,” NPR, MARCH 9, 2017

ORIGINS

Strepitous comes from Latin strepitus“noise,” from strepere “to make noise, rattle, clatter.” Strepere also yields (through the verb obstrepere “to make noise at”) the Latin adjective obstreperus “clamorous.” Obstreperusis the source of a more familiar synonym for strepitous: obstreperous. Strepitous entered English in the late 1600s.

Source: Dictionary.com / Strepitous