stri·​den·​cy | \ ˈstrī-dᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce stridency (audio) \
plural stridencies

Definition of stridency

: the quality or state of being strident

Examples of stridency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite near-constant expressions of gratitude for Western aid, his public statements can occasionally veer into stridency, annoying the Biden administration on more than one occasion. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 The band added stridency to the song’s inherent mystery, Greene illuminating it with a marathon soprano sax solo (followed by guitarist Mike Moreno and pianist Aaron Goldberg with much shorter solos). Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2022 Some of these reactions were amplified because of the unique stresses of the early pandemic, but that alone cannot explain their stridency. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 DeCruz, too, was struck by the way Oliver and Jackson talked to people who were on the fence about the vaccine, an issue more often discussed with stridency of various types. Jeremy S. Levine, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Older people were overwhelmed by the youthful revolution’s stridency and chaos, Al Aswany says, and were primed to believe propaganda that claimed the election held no promise of true democracy. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Sarah doesn’t consider that an improvement, preferring the purity of her (and Tina’s) suggestion over the stridency of the new slogan. Washington Post, 3 July 2021 Work on the new relief package was hampered by the stridency of the election campaign, fraught relations among congressional leaders and the absence of the president from negotiations -- particularly in the critical final weeks. Mike Dorning,, 22 Dec. 2020 Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes spoke there, also connecting the environmental movement to the Vietnam war, but doing so with the stridency and passion of an activist, compared to the more measured tones of Nelson, a politician. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 21 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of stridency

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Stridency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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