clam- [cla-] clamat-, claim-

(Latin: talk, call out, speak, say, shout; make noise, be loud)

acclaim (s) (noun), acclaims (pl)
A strong approval, applause, and praise: Marie received several positive acclaims for her performance in the ballet.

Max deserves acclaim for his efforts to help the poor in his community.

Enthusiastic acclamation and applause.
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acclaim (verb), acclaims; acclaimed; acclaiming
To praise or to show strong approval and enthusiasm for something that a person has done: Jim has been acclaimed as one of the best musicians in last night's performance.

The audience acclaimed the ballet dancer's wonderful skills with loud applause and flowers.

acclaimed (adjective), more acclaimed, most acclaimed
Descriptive of very strong and enthusiastic approval for a person or something that has been done: A teenager named Jerome received acclaimed praise in the newspaper and on TV for his bravery in saving a little eight-year old girl who had fallen through the thin ice of a lake.
acclaimer (s) (noun), acclaimers (pl)
Anyone who expresses enthusiasm about something; such as, music, art, etc.: The review of the concert was so positive that the writer was described as an acclaimer of the piano soloist.
acclamation (s) (noun), acclamations (pl)
1. Loud expression of approval or the overwhelming approval of a choice without a ballot or an election: The interim governor of the state was appointed by acclamation as everyone enthusiastically approved of her appointment.
2. An act of applause or praise: The acclamations by the crowd when the baseball player hit a home run was enthusiastic and overwhelming.
acclamator (s) (noun), acclamators (pl)
An individual who participates with enthusiasm to recognize someone or some act of achievement: The acclamators who attended the musical performance stood in the concert hall expressing their joy and pride by cheering and clapping loudly.
acclamatory (adjective), more acclamatory, most acclamatory
Descriptive of something that expresses strong approval: The editorial in the newspaper was written in an acclamatory style praising the success of the local doctor who saved a child's life.
claim (s) (noun), claims (pl)
1. An assertion of a right to something: The Robert's sole claim to his father's fortune was being challenged by his sister, Janet.
2. An application for the compensation guaranteed by an insurance company; especially, for loss of or damage to property, etc.: After her accident, Lorraine filed a claim with the insurance company for the damage to her car.
3. The right, title, or authority of possessing something: Kitty's claim to be the lead actress in the play was verified by the published program.
claim (verb), claims; claimed; claiming
1. To demand as one's own or one's due: Harriet was claiming that she should inherit the valuable jewels from her aunt even though she was not the legal heir to the fortune.
2. To make an application for indemnity; especially, from an insurance company: Jason claimed a substantial compensation for the fire that destroyed his house when the electrical system broke down.
3. To assert or affirm one's possession of something special: Jimmy and Tommy each claimed that the last piece of cake was his.
claimable (adjective) (not comparable)
Descriptive of that which can be owned or possessed: The claimable rights to the words being used by the singer were challenged by a poetess who had written them years before in her book.
claimant (s) (noun), claimants (pl)
An individual who declares ownership or possession of something: The judge listened carefully to the claimant who was urging the court to recognize her ownership of the lakeside property.

The prospector was the claimant to the land and its resources where gold was found.

Several workers were claimants of unemployment benefits when the business they worked for went broke.

clamatory (adjective), more clamatory, most clamatory
Relating to something that is loud, raucous, and distracting: The clamatory noise of the crows in the pasture was distracting to the cat that was hunting for mice in the tall grass.

The clamatory protest by the crowd resulted when the passenger plane was delayed for so long because of the pilot strike.

clamor (s) (noun), clamors (pl)
1. A loud, noisy outcry typically descriptive of the behavior of a gathering of people, possibly protesting something: The king's speech could barely be heard over the clamor of the crowd's shouting in front of the palace.

The students in the biology class reacted with a clamor of protest and anger because the professor told them that there would be a test tomorrow and they didn't have a warning that this would happen just before the holiday.

2. An overpowering racket or noise created by something: The clamor of the traffic at the hotel gave Mildred a headache; so, she demanded a quieter room away from the highway.

The hunters could hear the clamor of the waterfall as they approached their camp for the night.

clamor (verb), clamors; clamored; clamoring
To make loud bellowing or howling sounds: The cows in the barn were clamoring to be fed in the morning.

Little Jimmy clamored for his mother to come to him because he heard a loud explosion that shook the house.

clamorous (adjective), more clamorous, most clamorous
Referring to loud and persistent cries or shouts; noisy, vociferous: When little Maurice woke up from his nap and couldn't find his mother because she was working outside in the backyard, he made some clamorous screams which brought her back into the house to calm him down.
A reference to loud, noisy demands or complaints.
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Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glosso-; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; -ology; ora-; -phasia; -phemia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.