\ 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 Young conservatives interested in improving their country would do well to take their cue from this talented staff of problem-solvers rather than from whoever may be drafting the latest Twitter screed about the Nature of Markets. Daniel E. Burns, National Review, "The Charitable-Giving Deduction Needs to Be Fixed," 23 Jan. 2020 In court documents, prosecutors alleged that Crusius was the author of a racist screed published shortly before the shooting. CBS News, "Alleged El Paso shooter indicted on capital murder charges," 12 Sep. 2019 Another voice of resistance came from Beppe Grillo, a comedian who toured the country and wrote a popular blog of scattergun political screeds. J.b., The Economist, "Inside Italy’s culture wars," 22 July 2019 Or will the screeds and screams convince Iowans, questing after the most electable pick, that Biden is the candidate the Trump team fears more than any other Democrat? Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Confounding Candidacy," 25 Jan. 2020 The screed referred to the mass killing in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which a white supremacist is accused of gunning down 51 people at two mosques and posting links to a livestream of the attack on 8chan. NBC News, "8chan owner ordered to appear before Congress next month," 14 Aug. 2019 Investigators believe the gunman posted a screed on Twitter expressing hatred of U.S. foreign policy toward Muslims, according to a law enforcement official. Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky, Anchorage Daily News, "Pensacola base shooting by Saudi aviation student was an act of terrorism, attorney general says," 13 Jan. 2020 The pendulum has swung recently toward restricting hateful speech that could spawn violence, following a mass shooting in Texas in which the suspect had posted a racist screed online. Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, "How should big tech police content while avoiding bias?," 28 Aug. 2019 The authorities believe the gunman posted a racist screed online shortly before carrying out the Aug. 3 attack. Clarice Silber,, "Texas governor meets with tech officials about quelling hate," 22 Aug. 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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9 Mar 2020

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“Screed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 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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