stri·dent | \ ˈstrī-dᵊnt \

Definition of strident 

: characterized by harsh, insistent, and discordant sound a strident voice also : commanding attention by a loud or obtrusive quality strident slogans

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stridently adverb

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loud, stentorian, earsplitting, raucous, strident mean marked by intensity or volume of sound. loud applies to any volume above normal and may suggest undue vehemence or obtrusiveness. loud shouts of protest stentorian implies great power and range. an actor with a stentorian voice earsplitting implies loudness that is physically discomforting. the earsplitting sound of a siren raucous implies a loud harsh grating tone, especially of voice, and may suggest rowdiness. the raucous shouts of drunken revelers strident implies a rasping discordant but insistent quality, especially of voice. the strident voices of hecklers

vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention. vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out. vociferous cries of protest and outrage clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting. clamorous demands for prison reforms blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness. blatant rock music a blatant clamor for impeachment strident suggests harsh and discordant noise. heard the strident cry of the crow boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits. a boisterous crowd of party goers obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint. the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested

Examples of strident in a Sentence

The strident tone in his voice revealed his anger.

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His opponent has painted him as an outsider who can't get along with President Donald Trump, but Romney has quieted his once-strident criticism. Lindsay Whitehurst,, "Mitt Romney makes final pitch to voters ahead of Utah's Senate primary," 23 June 2018 Trump's intervention gave typically strident voice to a concern held more widely in the U.S. and other consuming countries: oil's rally from less than $30 in early 2016 to more than $80 this month risked becoming a threat to global economic growth. Houston Chronicle, "Under pressure from Trump, Saudis put brakes on oil price rally," 25 May 2018 And, yes, there were strident voices in both parties who called for the impeachment of Bush and Obama, but neither party ran on an impeachment pledge and no serious effort was made to impeach either one. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The Democratic case against impeaching President Trump," 9 Apr. 2018 Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor, was again strident in his criticisms of Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump administration and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kenneth Singletary,, "Dershowitz again goes on the attack against Mueller investigation," 20 May 2018 Among them is Nigel Farage, a strident crusader against the European Union. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "In Brexit, Trump Finds a British Reflection of His Own Political Rise," 13 July 2018 The comments appear to have mollified investors and others who opposed Lopez Obrador’s candidacy and were wary of his sometimes-strident populist rhetoric. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Mexico's Lopez Obrador taps longtime loyalist as nominee for top diplomat and invites Trump to inauguration," 6 July 2018 The man who authored the majority opinion, over strident dissents from the Thomas-Roberts-Alito triumvirate? Jay Willis, GQ, "The Trump Administration Is Hell-Bent on Ending Affirmative Action," 3 July 2018 Meanwhile, members of the National Co-ordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), a strident teachers’ union, took to the streets. The Economist, "Mexico’s crucial education reform risks being unwound," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of strident

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strident

Latin strident-, stridens, present participle of stridere, stridēre to make a harsh noise

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English Language Learners Definition of strident

: sounding harsh and unpleasant

: expressing opinions or criticism in a very forceful and often annoying or unpleasant way

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