The delicate-sounding word susurration comes by its gentleness naturally — it’s a very soft whispering sound that can barely be heard.

Susurration is a sound made with very little stirring of the vocal cords, resulting in the softest of sounds. The effect is as soft and calming as the word itself. This word is onomatopoeic, meaning it sounds like what it means: a susurration creates a sense of soft sound swirling around your ears pleasantly. This is the opposite of words like racket and cacophony — loud, unpleasant noises. A susurration is so soft you might not even notice it at all.

Definitions of susurration

n the indistinct sound of people whispering

Type of:
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

n speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords

voicelessness, whisper, whispering
stage whisper
a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
Type of:
speaking, speech production
the utterance of intelligible speech

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