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 (so͞o′sə-rā′shən) also su·sur·rus (so͝o-sûr′əs, -sŭr′-)
A soft, whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.

[Middle English susurracioun, from Late Latin susurrātiō, susurrātiōn-, from Latin susurrātus, past participle of susurrāre, to whisper, from susurrus, whisper, ultimately of imitative origin.]

su·sur′rant (so͝o-sûr′ənt, -sŭr′-), su·sur′rous (-sûr′əs, -sŭr′-) adj.


(sʊˈsɜr əs)

n., pl. -rus•es.
a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.
[1825–35; < Latin: a whisper]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.susurrus - the indistinct sound of people whispering; "a soft susurrus of conversation"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"


A low, indistinct, and often continuous sound:
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Off in corners, rumours would occasionally circulate about death or suicide from overwork, but such faintly sweet susurrus would rightly be regarded as no more than local manifestations of the spirit of total work, for some even as a praiseworthy way of taking work to its logical limit in ultimate sacrifice.
In late afternoon when I was walking home, the northern sun tended to cast the park in chiaroscuro light; there were susurrus of chiaroscuro and plenty of skittish squirrels.
My refrigerator's susurrus in the kitchen never seems to sleep at all.
She went on to mention several musical onomatopes which the language of the Romans has bequeathed to the English tongue: murmur, susurrus, sonorous, resonant, Ulalume (made over by Poe from the Latin ululare); as well as harsh vocables like strident.
Nobody argues that committing genocide is all right because it's so hard not to , or because the victims obstreperously refuse to leave or keep getting in the way; whereas whenever civilians turn up dead in a place of conflict, this is just the susurrus of exculpation you hear.
The sun beating down, the murmur and susurrus of voices, Prices of this and that, who's in, who's out, the stockmarket, boys' names, girls', And behind or below the comforting murmur, faintly, disturbed by cries, The other clamor of the beating surf, Felt somehow, heard somehow, through the warm sand and in my body as I bake all this comes back to me now, But especially the intricate mess of black, gray, white hair on my father's sundarkened chest, Not seen or touched but known, And the sense of something coming, something dire, hidden below or behind it all.
Everything's in touch with everything else: The sky with the sea, the wave susurrus .
while the susurrus Of tribal sleep dies toward what stars, While he, eyes fixed on what strange stars, knew That eyes were fixed on him, eyes of Those fathers that incessantly, with- The accuracy of that old Winchester, rifled Through all, through darkness, distance, Time, To know if he had proved a man, and being A man, would make all those Who now there slept know Their own manhood.
representations that make up the cultural susurrus which often comes to
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