\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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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 There is nothing in the latest screed that is specific enough to be enforceable. The Economist, "Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un sign the blandest of agreements," 12 June 2018 Speaking to the Times, Sacks regretted his collegiate anti-gay screeds, but didn’t seem too concerned about the juvenilia directed at women, nor the status of his female co-eds, the majority of whom dropped out of the business. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women," 28 Jan. 2015 In the months prior to Roseanne‘s revival premiere, Barr even said her children took away her social media accounts to stave off any offensive screeds. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Roseanne Barr Had a History of Racist Tweets, Conspiracy Theories and Controversy Before Roseanne Was Canceled," 29 May 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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