Definition of strident
: characterized by harsh, insistent, and discordant sound a strident voice; also : commanding attention by a loud or obtrusive quality strident slogans
Examples of strident in a Sentence
The strident tone in his voice revealed his anger.
Recent Examples of strident from the Web
Media outlets and prominent voices on police brutality and gun violence noted the organization's first statement about Castile was subdued and passive relative to their strident, clear statements in solidarity with law enforcement.
But Trump Jr. took a less strident tone, and even suggested that entertaining an offer to cooperate with a foreign government hoping to influence the U.S. election might have been unwise.
The West’s disdain for its own values is getting increasingly strident with each passing day.
Wisconsin's politicians are putting together a package of tax breaks and government subsidies, working in tandem with strident trade pressure on China from the White House.
From within and without the halls of power, Hugo championed a range of social causes ranging from republicanism and freedom of the press to the abolition of the death penalty, and was exiled from France for his strident political views.
Johnson, who spent his career helping to start and run a plastics manufacturing company, was one of the most strident critics of Obamacare, making its repeal a key plank of his 2010 and 2016 campaigns.
Washington might be unusually strident with anti-trade brinkmanship, but Foxconn has been just as vocal.
The lions were subjected to the strident tones of Maddow, Glenn Beck, Amy Goodman and Rush Limbaugh, as well as the less-upsetting sound of Pacific tree frogs croaking.
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Origin and Etymology of strident
Latin strident-, stridens, present participle of stridere, stridēre to make a harsh noise
First Known Use: circa 1656See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of strident
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
STRIDENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of strident for English Language Learners
: sounding harsh and unpleasant
: expressing opinions or criticism in a very forceful and often annoying or unpleasant way
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