\ 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 In his screed, Crusius went out of his way to assert that President Donald Trump’s history of inflammatory language taking aim at Latinos and immigrants played no role in his decision to attack El Paso and its largely Mexican American population. Dallas News, "On the border, tears and promises that the El Paso massacre will never be forgotten or repeated," 4 Aug. 2020 Cut a piece of lumber to fit from one screed to the other, notching it, if necessary, to fit between them [4]. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Beautiful Bluestone Patio: A Step-By-Step Guide," 1 Aug. 2020 The artist often goes viral for her video takes on current events, like her screed about coronavirus that was turned into a song. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Cardi B, Once Again, Gets Right To The Heart Of What’s Going On With The Protests," 1 June 2020 Unlike Cotton’s screed, Saffron’s column was nuanced and thoughtful. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Protests and property: Can architects rebuild our broken cities?," 9 June 2020 For many in the gay community, which was newly empowered after the Stonewall riots to develop its own models of what relationships could be, Faggots read as a self-hating screed. Matt Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Curse of the Prophet," 7 June 2020 Investigators had focused on a screed posted to Twitter by the gunman expressing hatred of U.S. foreign policy toward Muslims. Washington Post, "Last month’s mass shooting at a military base in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, attorney general says," 13 Jan. 2020 Now, 8chan is in the spotlight again because of a screed apparently posted by the man who killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas, this weekend. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "8chan is under police investigation in the Philippines," 8 Aug. 2019 Investigators are examining an unconfirmed screed allegedly posted online by a suspect in custody in today's fatal shooting at a Texas shopping mall an hour prior, multiple senior law enforcement officials say. NBC News, "Investigators 'reasonably confident' Texas suspect left anti-immigrant screed, tipped off before attack," 4 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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10 Aug 2020

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“Screed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 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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