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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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Examples from the web for stridency
  • 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.
  • Partisans may claim their stridency arises from the importance of the issues.
  • These stories, told in plain fashion, show no signs of stridency.
  • Had he demonstrated a knack for comic timing, the stridency might have paid off in laughs.
  • But it has the courage to abjure garishness and stridency.
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.

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