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obstreperous - vocabulary

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adjective

Resisting restraint or control in a difficult manner; unruly; boisterous, noisy, clamorous.

A lunatic may be “soothed,”... for a time, but in the end, he is very apt to become obstreperous. His cunning, too, is proverbial, and great.... When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a straight jacket.

—Edgar Allan Poe “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether” Graham’s Magazine (1845)

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