Sentence: The nineteen‐sixties, that obstreperous decade in the international art scene, saw the rise and fall of several movements, each new style following hard upon the heels of the other. It was a great opening‐up period, beginning with pop art, followed by op art, the various forms of minimal sculpture, kinetic art, the whole art‐and‐technology syndrome, multimedia extravaganzas, funk art and the beginnings of conceptual art, in which “ideas” about works of art triumphed over the physical forms themselves. (Source: www.nytimes.com)
Meaning: Noisy, clamorous and difficult to control
How To Remember?
“Obstreperous” may be thought of as a combination of the words “Obstruction” + “Onerous“. Think about an unruly kid who creates obstruction by being very loud and clamorous, making him very difficult to control.
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[Calvin appears to be in a obstreperous mood. Beware!]
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