Definition of screed
1a : a lengthy discourseb : 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 of screed from the Web
In a now infamous editorial published in The Wall Street Journal last August, internet pioneer Marc Andreessen launched into an epic screed on the triumph of software in today’s tech landscape.
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Origin and Etymology of screed
Middle English screde fragment, alteration of Old English scrēade — more at shred
First Known Use: circa 1789
SCREED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of screed for English Language Learners
: a long and often angry piece of writing that usually accuses someone of something or complains about something
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