"ub STREP er us" or "ob STREP er us"
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an obstreperous child.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The child is obstreperous.”)
Something or someone obstreperous is noisy in an aggressive, rebellious way.
More loosely, something or someone obstreperous won't obey and is very hard to control.
Other forms: obstreperously, obstreperousness/obstreperosity
The roots help you remember the meaning. "Ob" means "against" (like in "obstacle") and "strep" means "to make a noise or rattle." So you can imagine obstreperous people and their obstreperous demands coming up against you all noisily.
How to use it:
Usually you talk about an obstreperous person ("this obstreperous customer," "his obstreperous nephew"), an obstreperous group of people ("a cluster of obstreperous teenagers," "that nation's obstreperous politicians"), or obstreperous behavior ("an obstreperous response," "her obstreperous refusal to listen.")
Occasionally you might get more abstract and talk about an obstreperous culture, obstreperous leadership, obstreperous goals, and so on.
And you often get obstreperous with someone or about some topic.
I had a suite-mate in my freshman year of college who would get obstreperous and storm out of the room if her feelings were hurt. It was a little awkward.
Comcast's reputation as an obstreperous company with atrocious customer service is legendary online.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "obstreperous" means when you can explain it without saying “unruly" or “clamorous."
Think of a time you wanted to yell defiantly, and fill in the blanks: "It took some self-control to avoid getting obstreperous with (someone) about (something)."
Example: "It took some self-control to avoid getting obstreperous with the restaurant staff about why they wouldn't remove the inedible dinners from the bill."
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The river that runs through the southwest and into Mexico is properly called “The Rio Grande,” and not “The Rio Grande River.” Why?
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A Point Well Made:
Bertolt Brecht: "Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it."
1. The opposite of OBSTREPEROUS is
2. At the beginning of the novel, Scout is obstreperous, quick to _____
A. learn everything her father tells her.
B. escape into the yard to play with her brother and neighbor.
C. talk back to her teacher and fight with her classmates.
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