Simple Definition of strident
: sounding harsh and unpleasant
: expressing opinions or criticism in a very forceful and often annoying or unpleasant way
Full Definition of strident
: characterized by harsh, insistent, and discordant sound <a strident voice>; also : commanding attention by a loud or obtrusive quality <strident slogans>
Examples of strident
The strident tone in his voice revealed his anger.
Origin of strident
Latin strident-, stridens, present participle of stridere, stridēre to make a harsh noise
First Known Use: circa 1656
Synonym Discussion of strident
vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention. vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out <vociferous cries of protest and outrage>. clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting <clamorous demands for prison reforms>. blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness <blatant rock music> <a blatant clamor for impeachment>. strident suggests harsh and discordant noise <heard the strident cry of the crow>. boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits <a boisterous crowd of party goers>. obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint <the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested>.
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