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.
Origin and Etymology of strident
Latin strident-, stridens, present participle of stridere, stridēre to make a harsh noise
First Known Use: circa 1656
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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