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susurration Line breaks: su¦sur|ra¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌsuːsʌˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
(also susurrus suːˈsʌrəs)

Definition of susurration in English:


[mass noun] literary
Whispering or rustling: the susurration of the river
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  • And there came, like the dry susurrus of wind before thunder peals and lightning, a great rustle of excitement.
  • Dawn is diluting darkness from the sky and it's difficult to distinguish between the susurration of the surf and the swishing whisper of the casuarinas around us.
  • Niagara's recurring invocation of the sound of water, the susurration and crashing of the falls, brings Rhys consciously, at first inexplicably, to mind.


Late Middle English: from late Latin susurratio(n-), from Latin susurrare 'to murmur, hum', from susurrus 'whisper'.

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