"Strepitant" (and the related "strepitous
") are adjectives meaning boisterous
or very noisy
. Both come from the Latin
"strepitantem," present participle of "strepitare," from "strepere" (to make noise). The Oxford English Dictionary
records strepitant being used in 1842
, with "strepitantly" as late as 1913
, but the vast majority of the Google
results in a search for the word turn up Latin documents, so it's certainly an obscure term in English
. (Though a 1915
letter at http://www.ku.edu/~libsite/wwi-www/Chapin/Chapin04.htm seems to use "strepitant" without having yet made it into the OED
.) Perhaps the most common English usage is in quoting this poem:
"Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive;
Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant"
Robert Browning, "Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha,'
Dramatic Lyrics, 1842.