Synonyms & Antonyms of strident

sounding harsh, forceful, and unpleasant
  • They heard their boss's strident voice from down the hall.
  • The critical questions began to anger the professor and the tone of her answers became noticeably more strident.

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How is the word strident different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of strident are blatant, boisterous, clamorous, obstreperous, and vociferous. While all these words mean "so loud or insistent as to compel attention," strident suggests harsh and discordant noise.

heard the strident cry of the crow

In what contexts can blatant take the place of strident?

The words blatant and strident are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness.

blatant rock music

a blatant clamor for impeachment

When is boisterous a more appropriate choice than strident?

While the synonyms boisterous and strident are close in meaning, boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits.

a boisterous crowd of party goers

When would clamorous be a good substitute for strident?

The meanings of clamorous and strident largely overlap; however, clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting.

clamorous demands for prison reforms

When might obstreperous be a better fit than strident?

Although the words obstreperous and strident have much in common, obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint.

the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested

When could vociferous be used to replace strident?

The synonyms vociferous and strident are sometimes interchangeable, but vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out.

vociferous cries of protest and outrage

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The first known use of strident was circa 1656

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“Strident.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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