\ 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 Bay Area man, allegedly found with cache of weapons and a racist screed, faces felony charges. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 Amazon, in its screed, touches upon the Open Markets Institute and House subcommittee issues. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Trump delivered his new assault in a rambling 90-minute screed at a political event that previews a new round of summer swing state rallies. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 June 2021 His address to the party faithful was a familiar screed to anyone who tuned in to his 2020 campaign rallies. Maeve Reston, CNN, 6 June 2021 An online screed attributed to him — full of racist and anti-Semitic statements — was posted moments before the attack on the online messaging platform 8chan, which was known to host extremists. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 In the screed, Horowitz claims a vast criminal conspiracy carried out at polling places in many of the 50 states. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 The vile rhetoric contained in this screed is simply unacceptable. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Zhao has noted her disinterest in turning her movie into a screed or exposé or even in making an overt statement about corporate greed, which strikes me as appropriate for a movie in which the effects of that greed are implicit in every frame. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Jul 2021

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“Screed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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