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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Lately Bradford's Facebook posts have been less strident, focusing on unity and humility. Star Tribune, "Election turmoil splits West Virginia city's evangelicals," 7 Feb. 2021 The most strident member of the group was Ken Licari, a Macomb County resident with a thin beard and a receding hairline. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 Throughout his time in office, Trump has been a strident supporter of Israel and one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most loyal allies. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'God help us': Palestinian prime minister worried that Trump will win second term," 13 Oct. 2020 The measure arises from Republican lawmakers’ strident disagreement with how Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has handled the coronavirus pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Teachers push back, churches in court, National Guard: News from around our 50 states," 25 Jan. 2021 After the coronavirus pandemic hit Georgia, Meredith became a strident opponent of mask-wearing, and his Facebook posts started earning him temporary suspensions from the platform. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "The Georgia Dad Who Said That He Wanted to Kill Nancy Pelosi," 15 Jan. 2021 Senator Loeffler was appointed last year by Gov. Brian Kemp and has become a strident Trump loyalist. New York Times, "Raphael Warnock, From the Pulpit to Politics, Doesn’t Shy From ‘Uncomfortable’ Truths," 2 Jan. 2021 But the three freshman lawmakers below, who span the ideological spectrum from strident conservative to socialist, aren’t faking their understanding of the American health care system. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "3 freshman lawmakers for health wonks to watch," 30 Dec. 2020 Johnson remained in character for the entirety of the interview while making some strident claims about the industry. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Maria Bartiromo 'punked' by animal rights activist claiming to be pork company CEO," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of strident was circa 1656

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24 Feb 2021

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“Strident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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