stri·​dent | \ ˈstrī-dᵊnt How to pronounce strident (audio) \

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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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

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The strident tone in his voice revealed his anger.

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The populist surge features strident rhetoric and emotional appeals by charismatic leaders. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Populism’s Challenge to Democracy," 16 Mar. 2018 Stoker, a former Santa Barbara county supervisor who made his entry into politics in the 1980s as a strident opponent of a ballot measure limiting offshore oil development, did not return calls and emails. Evan Halper,, "Will Trump's pick to run EPA in California show up for work?," 18 May 2018 Murphy, a prominent gun control advocate and strident Trump critic, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and already has raised approximately $13.5 million for his re-election campaign. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Leah Vukmir projected to win Wisconsin GOP Senate primary, face Baldwin in November," 14 Aug. 2018 The eventual runaway winner of the election, Imran Khan, took a strident stance against blasphemy after being criticized by Labbaik. Bill Spindle, WSJ, "‘You Must Vote for the Holy Prophet’: Anti-Blasphemy Party Flexes Muscle in Pakistan," 1 Aug. 2018 Pollster Darrell Bricker of Ipsos Public Affairs says both politicians may reject elites but Ford doesn’t embrace Trump’s strident anti-immigration stance. Washington Post,, "Brother of Rob Ford running for office, and sounds like Trump," 29 Apr. 2018 Pollster Darrel Bricker of Ipsos Public Affairs says both politicians may reject elites but Ford doesn't embrace Trump's strident anti-immigration stance. Alan Freeman,, "The brother of Toronto mayor Rob Ford is running for office — and he sounds a lot like Trump," 29 Apr. 2018 The last movement is a serious steamroller of strident music, and, strikingly more than a century after its writing, is utterly unlike anything else. Peter Dobrin,, "Vivian Fung piece premiered by Daedalus Quartet," 26 Mar. 2018 The media has never been louder, celebrities have never been shoutier, academia has never been more strident. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on 'Trump Anxiety Disorder'," 31 July 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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