\ ˈskrēd How to pronounce screed (audio) \

Definition of screed

1a : a lengthy discourse
b : an informal piece of writing (such as a personal letter)
c : a ranting piece of writing
2 : a strip (as of a plaster of the thickness planned for the coat) laid on as a guide
3 : a leveling device drawn over freshly poured concrete

Examples of screed in a Sentence

In her screed against the recording industry, she blamed her producer for ruining her career.
Recent Examples on the Web The suspect posted an anti-Semitic screed before the attack. Washington Post, "Germany’s Merkel urges climate action in New Year message," 31 Dec. 2019 The man, who was previously unknown to police, posted an anti-Semitic screed before the attack and broadcast the shooting live on a popular gaming site. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Germany: Officials pledge crackdown after synagogue attack," 18 Oct. 2019 This sinister virtual lending library contains more than just a bunch of loose-limbed screeds. Ian Allen, The New Republic, "The Far Right’s Apocalyptic Literary Canon," 1 Oct. 2019 Most of the six-page screed appeared to be mundane, but the 28-year-old took the opportunity to reassert his anti-immigrant views. Mitch Mccluskey And Tara John, CNN, "Alleged Christchurch mosque gunman sends letter from prison cell," 14 Aug. 2019 The manifesto remark was a direct reference to the sort of screed uploaded to the website 8chan by the shooter who killed 51 in Christchurch, New Zealand, BuzzFeed News reported. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "YouTube boots North Bay teen for hate speech violations," 6 Aug. 2019 The assault on a shopping area seemed to qualify after the emergence of a rambling screed posted to an online message board about 20 minutes before the shooting. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Attack highlights challenge of pursuing domestic extremists," 4 Aug. 2019 These days, of course, Torvald comes off like a melodramatic villain with his sexist screeds and patronizing declarations of affection. Chris Jones,, "‘A Doll’s House’ at Writers Theatre: Nora gets out that door in a brisk 90 minutes," 4 Oct. 2019 Brennan told NBC News, adding that Watkins and his son, Ron Watkins, have refused to take down the politics-focused part of 8chan where shooters posted their screeds. NBC News, "8chan founder: Current owner will 'lie' during congressional testimony," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of screed

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for screed

Middle English screde fragment, alteration of Old English scrēade — more at shred entry 1

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The first known use of screed was in 1748

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Screed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of screed

disapproving : a long and often angry piece of writing that usually accuses someone of something or complains about something

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