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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In a twist to the wrangling over his book, Mr. Cantú has caught some of his most strident critics off guard by thanking them and siding with them. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Border Patrol Memoir Ignites Dispute: Whose Voices Should Be Heard From the Frontier?," 19 May 2018 At the same time, Trump, a former Democrat who has expressed few firm policy beliefs beyond strident nationalism, has advanced a number of policies that would have turned many Republicans apoplectic during Obama’s term. Jonathan Tamari,, "For traditional Republicans, immigration, tariffs show risks of 'silent bargain' with Trump," 25 June 2018 Even as trade disputes cast a shadow over the world’s two biggest economies, Chinese officials see the increasingly strident tone from Washington as an opportunity. Alexandra Stevenson,, "Xi Jinping urges dialogue, not confrontation, after Trump seeks tariffs," 11 Apr. 2018 But for now, the current dispute—despite its unusually strident tone from the U.S. side—remains one of words. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Trump’s Fury Over North Korea Means Little for Stocks," 11 Aug. 2017 On the other side are strident critics of climate-change science and mitigation efforts who do not want to see the ozone-layer treaty being used to fight climate change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 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

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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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: sounding harsh and unpleasant

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

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