\ 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.

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And, really, who thought something like that was adaptable, some tedious old-timey screed? Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 There’s no way to determine who authored The Chronicle’s Feb. 18, 1959, screed against the Embarcadero Freeway; Chronicle editorials are unsigned. Peter Hartlaub,, "1958 photos of the Embarcadero Freeway: A double-decker mistake rises," 12 June 2019 If anything, the ACLU's screed is just part of the growing opprobrium towards Amazon's plans to make facial-recognition technology an everyday occurrence. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Continues to Patent Facial Recognition Technologies—And Is Facing Pressure From All Sides," 13 Dec. 2018 Some of the conspiracy theory’s believers are notorious for posting racist, misogynist and anti-Semitic screeds against the media, government officials and prominent Jewish figures. Emily Jacobs, Fox News, "Reddit bans QAnon conspiracy theory forums," 13 Sep. 2018 Sinclair — best known for forcing its 193 local TV stations to air pro-Trump segments and anti-media screeds — currently has a deal in place to purchase Tribune Media, which would extend its reach to about 72 percent of Americans. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Sinclair’s plan to take over local news just hit an unexpected roadblock: Trump’s FCC," 17 July 2018 But also a highly competent one; yet, buried in this emotional screed is one searing admission, the country is safer and more prosperous under Trump. Fox News, "Gutfeld: It's the cry babies vs. the jerk," 8 Sep. 2018 Their screeds have been met with anger from many fans, from suggestions the hosts kill themselves to pages of point-by-point retorts. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "They Specialize in Cutting Your Favorite Music Down to Size," 25 Sep. 2018 In a question-and-answer session, one college student, 21-year-old Kaileigh Murphy, told DeVos that Trump, well known for his Twitter screeds, doesn’t appear to be following that advice. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "DeVos to students: Don’t hide behind a Twitter handle," 17 Sep. 2018

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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

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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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