\ˈskrēd \

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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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 Brown joined the company in 2017, not long before a screed against Google’s diversity efforts written by engineer James Damore went viral. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Google’s Employee Diversity Numbers Haven’t Really Improved," 14 June 2018 And Google stared down its own controversy: A conservative-leaning engineer, James Damore, penned an anti-diversity screed that resulted in his firing. Tony Romm,, "Inside Facebook and Twitter's secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders," 27 June 2018 The movie is a blast: One part anti-capitalist screed, one part race treatise, one part love story, and one part sci-fi body horror. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Lakeith Stanfield?," 29 June 2018 However, Alou’s book is far from merely a screed against racial injustice. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Felipe Alou’s book tells more than game stories," 19 Apr. 2018 Larson's score remains a mix of soul-stirring ballads and shrill screeds. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Revival of "Rent" at the Saenger energized but lacks impact, heart," 18 Apr. 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

: a long and often angry piece of writing that usually accuses someone of something or complains about something

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