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 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 Cohen’s stridency occurs in a discussion of the Court’s 2012 decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Michael O’donnell, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2020 Refreshingly, though, the film conjures a vivid sense of injustice — of lives thrown cruelly off course by forces beyond individual control — without slipping into Ken Loach-style stridency or didacticism. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2020 This ideological stridency and triumphalist attitude can be powerful weapons against political opponents but are alienating—perhaps deliberately so—to moderates and conservatives. WSJ, 21 June 2019 Yet Democrats also could blow the opportunity, with a combination of policy extremism and internal stridency. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2019 Words and images appear in her compositions with increasing stridency. James Panero, WSJ, 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,, 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of stridency

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Stridency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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