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strident Line breaks: stri|dent
Pronunciation: /ˈstrʌɪd(ə)nt/

Definition of strident in English:


1(Of a sound) loud and harsh; grating: his voice had become increasingly 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.
1.1 Phonetics another term for sibilant.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2Presenting a point of view, especially a controversial one, in an excessively 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈstrʌɪd(ə)nsi/
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.
Pronunciation: /ˈstrʌɪd(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • And at a time when a human-centred worldview is at the lowest-ever ebb, banging the drum for human subjectivity should be done as loudly and as stridently as possible.
  • Noticeably absent from this debate are the voices of the Indian ‘liberal left’ and human rights watchers that preach so stridently at any other available forum.
  • I think that I raised my eyebrows slightly, and he seemed to notice this and nodded and pointed even more stridently, with a gloating, faintly contemptuous look on his face.


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

  • This is from Latin stridere ‘to creak’.

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