Meaning of strident in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstrʌɪd(ə)nt/

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  • 1(of a sound) loud and harsh; grating.

    ‘his voice had become increasingly strident’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of them sound quite nice and even have some directional placement, while others sound harsh and strident.’
    • ‘At length, Caleb heard Audrey's strident laughter and hurriedly returned his attention to his cousin.’
    • ‘The strident noise moved through the pounding rain, and then the figure lowered its head and perked its long ears.’
    • ‘Apparently, he had trouble making it to the sessions, but he still sounds fine, and if anything, his voice sounds warmer, less strident.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mono tracks are somewhat harsh and strident, though the dialogue is always clearly understood.’
    • ‘I plunk along, hitting so many strident notes that it sounds like I tried to compose the piece myself.’
    • ‘There is a bit of sibilance and strident qualities to the sound, but not in a distracting or annoying manner.’
    • ‘I slammed my drink down on the counter and the elder winced at the strident sound it made, but he refused to look up.’
    • ‘Some ten minutes later my bite alarm sounded its strident note.’
    • ‘For example, if the voice is too loud and strident, that indicates excess, as does the sudden onset of a violent cough.’
    • ‘The commander seemed to become shriller and more strident the more I held my tongue in check and treated the board of inquiry with respect.’
    • ‘There were many strident and discordant passages, but in the context of the work as a whole they seemed entirely appropriate.’
    • ‘This is a shrill, strident performance by someone who displays little or no aptitude for comedy or drama.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her voice wouldn't sound how she intended: it was either terrifyingly strident or miserably flat.’
    harsh, raucous, rough, grating, rasping, jarring, loud, stentorian, shrill, screeching, piercing, ear-piercing
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    1. 1.1Phonetics
      another term for sibilant
      ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their strident views have, like so many conservative inanities, now become mainstream.’
    • ‘Readers respect us for our impartiality and balance, but does that mean we should never carry more strident views?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is true that after 1952, her views become less strident.’
    • ‘Despite strident criticisms of her views from legal academics and at times her brethren, she has maintained her positions with dignity.’
    • ‘I was well aware by this stage that Judy was in constant dispute with the local authority and held strident views about their perceived inadequacies.’
    • ‘The Reserve Bank has said so, in steadily louder and more strident tones, for at least a year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Domestically they were strident, harsh, and intolerant, especially to other ethnic groups.’
    • ‘On the other hand, he has loud and extremely strident conservative positions on the war and on gun control, and these get far more attention on his blog than anything else.’
    • ‘The Danish astrologer I referred to is one such individual, joining in the cacophony of screeches and strident appeals to action, all based on lies and inventions.’
    • ‘His day began with a shrill and strident press statement banged out at about 1 o'clock, which is long before he could have understood what the Government was up to.’
    • ‘Arianna may have blown her chance for a television career with strident, shrill posturing.’
    • ‘The tone was new: not merely strident, but shrill, vindictive, intemperate; but most noticeably, the real target was new.’
    • ‘The shrillness and strident rhetoric probably did their cause more harm than good.’
    • ‘Jim Lee's strident letter against religious fundamentalism a few weeks ago carried more than a hint of fundamentalism itself.’
    • ‘However, signals from the White House have continued to be cautious, not echoing the strident tone of the activists.’


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