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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 strident
  • strident signs everywhere firmly forbid you to take any photographs.
  • But journalists are apt to be less strident and more evenhanded than many of the people they quote.
  • However, despite the frequent use of low standards of evidence, many evolutionary psychologists are strident and dogmatic.
  • But the re-emergence of a spectre from the darkest period of modern history argues for a different, indeed strident, response.
  • With plenty to argue about there are three reasons why the arguments are becoming more strident.
  • He has, as the world and this newspaper wanted, taken a less strident tone in dealing with friends and rivals alike.
  • Negative advertising may not work in a country unaccustomed to strident debate on scientific issues.
  • Yet it is also in harmony with the more strident tone of public opinion in his home state.
  • But it is precisely those ideas that his strident critics, including you, refuse to take seriously.
  • He can be politically strident, yet personally charming.
British Dictionary definitions for strident


(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 strident

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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