What does strident mean?

Definitions for strident
ˈstraɪd ntstri·dent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blatant, clamant, clamorous, strident, vociferousadjective

    conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

    "blatant radios"; "a clamorous uproar"; "strident demands"; "a vociferous mob"

  2. fricative, continuant, sibilant, spirant, stridentadjective

    of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')

  3. strident, shrilladjective

    being sharply insistent on being heard

    "strident demands"; "shrill criticism"

  4. raucous, stridentadjective

    unpleasantly loud and harsh


  1. stridentadjective

    Loud; shrill, piercing, high-pitched; rough-sounding

    The trumpet sounded strident against the string orchestra.

  2. stridentadjective

    Grating or obnoxious

    The artist chose a strident mixture of colors.

  3. stridentadjective

    Vigorous; making strides

  4. Etymology: From stridens, present active participle of strido.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stridentadjective

    characterized by harshness; grating; shrill

  2. Etymology: [L. stridens, -entis, p. pr. of stridere to make a grating or creaking noise.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strident

    strī′dent, adj. creaking, grating, harsh.—adv. Strī′dently.—n. Strī′dor, a harsh sound.—adj. Strid′ūlant, strident.—n.pl. Stridūlan′tia, a group of hemipterous insects, the cicadas.—v.i. Strid′ūlate, to make a stridulous sound.—ns. Stridūlā′tion, the act of stridulating; Strid′ūlātor, an insect which emits such a sound.—adjs. Strid′ūlātory, stridulant; Strid′ūlous, emitting a harsh creaking sound. [L. stridens, -entis, pr.p. of stridēre, to creak.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strident in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strident in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of strident in a Sentence

  1. Giacomo Puccini:

    Cold calculation, random spots of color, mathematically exact construction (clearly shown or concealed), drawing that is now silent and now strident.... Is this not form?”

  2. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

  3. Magnus Ranstorp:

    There is more strident activism in Muslim communities.

  4. Magnus Ranstorp:

    The sectarian tensions in the Middle East are mirrored in our cities in Europe, there is more strident activism in Muslim communities.

  5. Andy McCarthy:

    For all the strident claims about how the Clinton campaign pushed the government's law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus into spying on President Trump, Special Counsel Durham has thus far charged no crimes along those lines. The indictment of Democratic Party lawyer Michael Sussmann merely alleges that he lied to the FBI to conceal that he was working for the Clinton campaign and tech executive Rodney Joffe, that said, though, it is just breathtaking to watch the media-Democrat complex, which hyped Robert Mueller’s every move in the bogus Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ caper,suddenly develop laryngitis in the matter of Durham’s probe -- that is, when it is not outright hostile.

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