: a lengthy discourse
: an informal piece of writing (such as a personal letter)
: a ranting piece of writing
: a strip (as of a plaster of the thickness planned for the coat) laid on as a guide
: a leveling device drawn over freshly poured concrete

Examples of screed in a Sentence

In her screed against the recording industry, she blamed her producer for ruining her career.
Recent Examples on the Web But despite the sharp knife of injustice, Bushman is no angry screed or dispirited lament. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 Ford Motor Company’s founder, Henry Ford, was a notorious antisemite who published various antisemitic screeds, including against Jewish filmmakers, in his newspaper, the Dearborn Independent. Emily Tamkin, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Dec. 2023 The truth is that Girard has always operated in a strange middle space, halfway between an academic and the kind of person who used to send long typewritten screeds to his local paper about the true age of the pyramids. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 The shooter, Patrick Crusius, who wrote a screed espousing white supremacist ideology, will not leave prison alive. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Tom Wolfe made the same point at book length in his 1981 screed From Bauhaus to Our House. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Oct. 2023 After the tool was released, users on 4chan, the right-wing message board, organized to create a fake version of the actor Emma Watson reading an anti-Semitic screed. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2023 There’s always the option to complain on social media—indeed, airline screeds have become something of a trope on sites like Twitter/X—directly to the company, or to a media outlet. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2023 So, the then Labour leader Ed Miliband went seeking the endorsement of Brand, the actor, comedian, and emerging online provocateur, whose anti-corporatist screeds to his 9.5 million Twitter followers and 100,000 YouTube subscribers gave him the appearance of a power player. WIRED, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English screde fragment, alteration of Old English scrēade — more at shred entry 1

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of screed was in 1748

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“Screed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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