stri·​den·​cy | \ˈstrī-dᵊn(t)-sē \
plural stridencies

Definition of stridency 

: the quality or state of being strident

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Words and images appear in her compositions with increasing stridency. James Panero, WSJ, "Seeing Her Worldview in a Circle," 1 Sep. 2018 The sound mix during their turn onstage amplified their weathered voices into stridency, but nevertheless their joy was contagious and their harmonies as stirring as ever. Zoë Madonna,, "With big assists from Moreno and Giddens, the Pops envisions a welcoming America," 5 July 2018 That includes less stridency and more common-sense policies and solutions. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Richard Cordray Proves Voters Might Not Want a Showman, Even in the Age of Trump," 11 May 2018 Counter-Reformation stridency never really took hold in New Spain. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "‘Painted in Mexico’: When a New Art Flourished Far From Mother Spain," 10 May 2018 The doctor's arrogance and naivete, his stridency and inability to maintain a tactical silence guarantee that his causes will forever be lost. Chicago Reader, "Lydia Diamond’s Smart People offers an advanced degree in race relations," 5 Apr. 2018 If Trump were ever inclined to indulge his liberal tendencies after winning the election, the stridency and spite of his opponents have provided him with no incentives to do so. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s thrilling first year," 20 Jan. 2018 In a business that sometimes places too much value on volume and stridency, Enberg embodied the understated perspective of a gentleman expert who knew there was always more to know. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Over a storied career, Dick Enberg's defining characteristic was his kindness | Tim Sullivan," 23 Dec. 2017 Early reviews have praised its warmth, realism and lack of stridency. Richard Turner, WSJ, "Early Praise for ‘The Florida Project,’ a Tough Film on Childhood," 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of stridency

1865, in the meaning defined above

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