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strident

[strahyd-nt] /ˈstraɪd nt/
adjective
1.
making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking:
strident insects; strident hinges.
2.
having a shrill, irritating quality or character:
a strident tone in his writings.
3.
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
1650-1660
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
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  • It was high pitched and strident, as if a relentless lawyer were arraigning a criminal.

  • "Just a little friendly call," Cassidy announced, in his strident voice.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Again a voice demanded in strident tones the ignominious tar and feathers.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
  • Dominating this came Richard's voice, strident with intensity, if thick of utterance.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • The strained and strident yelling of the mob grew even louder.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for strident

strident

/ˈstraɪdənt/
adjective
1.
(of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
2.
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 strident
adj.

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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