making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.
having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.
Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates.

1650–60; < Latin strīdent- (stem of strīdēns), present participle of strīdēre to make a harsh noise; see -ent

stridence, stridency, noun
stridently, adverb
nonstrident, adjective
overstridence, noun
overstridency, noun
overstrident, adjective
overstridently, adverb
unstrident, adjective
unstridently, adverb Unabridged
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strident (ˈstraɪdənt)
1.  (of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
2.  urgent, clamorous, or vociferous: strident demands
[C17: from Latin strīdēns, from strīdēre to make a grating sound]

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Word Origin & History

1656, from Fr. strident, from L. stridentem (nom. stridens), prp. of stridere "utter an inarticulate sound, grate, screech," possibly of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
Having said which, yes, there's a lot more stridency on the religious side.
These are people, any people, who when given the choice between resignation and
  stridency will instinctively choose the latter.
His critics have bordered on fanatic, their stridency growing in proportion to
  the diet's increase in popularity.
It, too, largely avoided stridency and confrontation.
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