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 Now, facing escalating international criticism over its handling of the outbreak and growing demands for an investigation into its origins, China has taken its strident nationalist message abroad. Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times, "‘Put on a mask and shut up’: China’s undiplomatic diplomats hit back at critics," 4 May 2020 The mailing lists that kicked off the country’s postwar turn to the right were a mix of strident conservatism and direct-marketing schemes. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Hydroxychloroquine Became Conservative Media’s Coronavirus Miracle Drug," 8 Apr. 2020 Still, despite widespread criticism of authorities’ early mishandling of the virus, those calling for less censorship and centralized control still probably represent a minority in a country where strident patriotism is fostered at a young age. Javier C. Hernández,, "Coronavirus crisis awakens a sleeping giant: China’s youth," 28 Mar. 2020 For these voters, class — and Bernie’s strident advocacy for working-class folks and socialist values — trumps more menial concerns of women’s equality. Time, "It Matters That Elizabeth Warren Is a Woman. Why Do So Many on the Left Insist That It Doesn't?," 16 Jan. 2020 In particular, the show can't find anything amusing to do with Perrette's character, defined mostly as loud and strident (though entirely supportive toward her son). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Broke': TV Review," 2 Apr. 2020 Authorities late last week had already ordered other measures across the state and strident measures in Jefferson County, including delay of any elective medical and dental procedures. Carol Robinson |, al, "Hair salons, retail stores added to list of mandatory closures by Jefferson County health officer," 23 Mar. 2020 That deal quickly withered in the face of strident community opposition. Los Angeles Times, "O.C. can use Laguna Hills hotel as homeless shelter amid coronavirus outbreak, judge rules," 20 Apr. 2020 Navarro is a strident China hawk, and the memos were viewed through that lens, damping their impact, officials tell the Times. TheWeek, "Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro started warning about a deadly pandemic in January, memos show," 7 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

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“Strident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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