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 Less than a month after leading his University of Louisville basketball team to the top of the national polls, Mack has incurred the wrath of some of the school’s more strident spectators for the heinous crime of losing two straight games. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville coach Chris Mack isn't bothered by criticism ... and he also doesn't deserve it," 6 Jan. 2020 Her strident positions against corporations could alienate voters who work for such firms and would otherwise support a Democrat against Trump. Thomas Beaumont, Fortune, "Democrats Show Cracks in Unity," 13 Dec. 2019 Even the most strident Star Wars cynic must admit The Force Awakens returned hope, admiration, and rabid fandom to what seemed like a dormant franchise. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Ars’ favorite movies of the 2010s (John Wick most definitely included)," 23 Dec. 2019 Voters elected a new wave of officials who promised, in increasingly strident language, to restore order to the country — no matter the cost. Washington Post, "Soldiers in Brazil fired dozens of shots at her family, killing her husband. Will anyone be held accountable?," 20 Dec. 2019 Bergé emerges as the most fascinating character in the film: strident and bossy, the man who keeps the ship moving as Saint Laurent is fading. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Long-awaited Yves Saint Laurent documentary ‘Celebration’ provides rare access," 17 Oct. 2019 As Mattis and other top officials cast their eyes downward and assumed clenched-jawed expressions, Trump tore into his attorney general, deputy attorney general and former FBI director in a strident, partisan attack. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump pushes ahead with Syria strikes amid broader tumult," 13 Apr. 2018 The new mayor is a strident xenophobe, given to outbursts of nationalistic language that give Jägerstätter pause. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Terrence Malick Is Back," 14 Dec. 2019 That event has been used by Hindu right-wing political parties for close to 25 years now, and has led to a veritable shift of the country’s political texture from secularism to strident Hindu nationalism. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A timeline of a land dispute that has ripped India’s heart apart over seven decades," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Strident.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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