To clamor is to make a demand — LOUDLY. It's usually a group that clamors — like Americans might clamor for comprehensive health care coverage.

The noun clamor is often used specifically to describe a noisy outcry from a group of people, but more generally, the word means any loud, harsh sound. You could describe the clamor of sirens in the night or the clamor of the approaching subway in the tunnel.

Definitions of clamor
  1. verb
    utter or proclaim insistently and noisily
    “The delegates clamored their disappointment”
    synonyms: clamour
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    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  2. verb
    make loud demands
    “he clamored for justice and tolerance”
    synonyms: clamour
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    type of:
    request urgently and forcefully
  3. verb
    compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
    “They clamored the mayor into building a new park”
    synonyms: clamour
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    type of:
    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
  4. noun
    loud and persistent outcry from many people
    “he ignored the clamor of the crowd”
    synonyms: clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  5. noun
    a loud, harsh, or strident noise
    synonyms: blare, blaring, cacophony, clamour, din
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
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