Definition of strident in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstrīdnt/


1Loud and harsh; grating: his voice had become increasingly sharp, almost strident
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  • I tried to sleep on the hour-long ride, but the harsh, strident sound became louder and the long menacing finger pointed angrily.
  • The only real flaw comes from the age and technical limitations of the time, which results in a somewhat harsh and strident sound on occasion.
  • Its raw strident sound was one of the first to make use of the rhythms of jazz.
harsh, raucous, rough, grating, rasping, jarring, loud, shrill, screeching, piercing, ear-piercing
1.1Presenting a point of view, especially a controversial one, in an excessively and unpleasantly forceful way: public pronouncements on the crisis became less strident
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  • He likes to hold the floor and has strident views on just about everything.
  • Such strident views worry me, but I leave the politics of England to those here.
  • The duo have a lot in common and a fresh face fronting the most successful airline in Europe would present a less strident visage to the EU and the general public.
1.2 Phonetics another term for sibilant.
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  • Strident vowels are fairly common in Khoisan languages, where they contrast with simple pharyngealized vowels.
  • The greatest degree of pharyngealisation is found in the strident vowels of the Khoisan languages.



Pronunciation: /ˈstrīdnsē/
Example sentences
  • Yet I must confess to feeling a little jaded with the constant stridency and intellectual conceit of many of the contributions published, however much I agreed with the sentiment.
  • Given its stridency of tone, it would be disingenuous to claim that it merely represented a divergent view; it is anything but dispassionately presented.
  • Their stridency resulted in the general ‘outing’ of the worst kind of communal prejudices from even the respectable middle class.


Mid 17th century: from Latin strident- 'creaking', from the verb stridere.

  • This is from Latin stridere ‘to creak’.

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