Adjective "strident" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a sound) loud and harsh; grating.
  1. 'I plunk along, hitting so many strident notes that it sounds like I tried to compose the piece myself.'
  2. 'The mono tracks are somewhat harsh and strident, though the dialogue is always clearly understood.'
  3. 'The twitches of annoyance caused by this woman's strident voice hammering against my skull began to ebb away when I heard her sign off from the call.'
  4. 'Some ten minutes later my bite alarm sounded its strident note.'
  5. 'I tried to sleep on the hour-long ride, but the harsh, strident sound became louder and the long menacing finger pointed angrily.'
  6. 'For example, if the voice is too loud and strident, that indicates excess, as does the sudden onset of a violent cough.'
  7. 'Its raw strident sound was one of the first to make use of the rhythms of jazz.'
  8. 'Above the sound of a thousand or so Canada geese that were honking and clamouring, I could hear the gong of the bell on the channel buoys as they sounded their strident warning note.'
  9. 'In attempts to scare you, there are several moments in the film that use strident and extremely loud bursts of audio, combined with a perfectly timed cut, quite effectively.'
  10. 'This is a shrill, strident performance by someone who displays little or no aptitude for comedy or drama.'
  11. 'The greatest degree of pharyngealisation is found in the strident vowels of the Khoisan languages.'
Presenting a point of view, especially a controversial one, in an excessively forceful way.
  1. 'Such strident views worry me, but I leave the politics of England to those here.'
  2. 'Readers respect us for our impartiality and balance, but does that mean we should never carry more strident views?'
  3. 'Despite strident criticisms of her views from legal academics and at times her brethren, she has maintained her positions with dignity.'
  4. 'In the final analysis, we may not know for certain the reason or reasons why Leland, a Baptist who never owned slaves, abandoned his early, strident antislavery views near the end of his life.'
  5. 'Their strident views have, like so many conservative inanities, now become mainstream.'
  6. 'The shrillness and strident rhetoric probably did their cause more harm than good.'
  7. 'Plain old racism, in addition to economics, plays a part in the agitation of the privileged classes, who grow louder and more strident as their historical privileges are eroded.'
  8. 'Jim Lee's strident letter against religious fundamentalism a few weeks ago carried more than a hint of fundamentalism itself.'
  9. 'However, signals from the White House have continued to be cautious, not echoing the strident tone of the activists.'
  10. 'Arianna may have blown her chance for a television career with strident, shrill posturing.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"uses can be strident at times."

"populaces can be strident in places."

"places can be strident in demands."

"industries can be strident in pressings."

"demands can be strident by years."

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