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Loud and shrill enough to hurt the ears: an earsplitting shriek.
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(ˈɪərˌsplɪt ɪŋ)

painfully loud or shrill.
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Adj.1.earsplitting - loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss
loud - characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity; "a group of loud children"; "loud thunder"; "her voice was too loud"; "loud trombones"
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Marked by extremely high volume and intensity of sound:
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