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[strahyd-nt] /ˈstraɪd nt/
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.
Origin of strident
1650-60; < Latin strīdent- (stem of strīdēns), present participle of strīdēre to make a harsh noise; see -ent
Related forms
stridence, stridency, noun
stridently, adverb
nonstrident, adjective
overstridence, noun
overstridency, noun
overstrident, adjective
overstridently, adverb
unstrident, adjective
unstridently, adverb Unabridged
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  • The contempt of the second speaker was only surpassed by the stridency of his voice.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
  • He moved on to the Praca, where the stridency of the music still persisted.

  • Its stridency and the tang of fresh sawdust strike sharp across the air fragrant with fern.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • Jesse's wretched gun slammed again, a different sound, a spattering clang, followed by the stridency of Jesse cursing and weeping.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • As a rule this subject moves the Dean to stridency; but the heavy magnificence of Castle Affey crushed him into a kind of whisper.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for stridency


(of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
urgent, clamorous, or vociferous: strident demands
Derived Forms
stridence, stridency, noun
stridently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin strīdēns, from strīdēre to make a grating sound
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Word Origin and History for stridency



1650s, from French strident, from Latin stridentem (nominative stridens), present participle of stridere "utter an inarticulate sound, grate, screech," possibly of imitative origin. Related: Stridently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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