Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant. See Synonyms at loud, vociferous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Loud; shrill, piercing, high-pitched; rough-sounding
  • adj. Grating or obnoxious
  • adj. Vigorous; making strides

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by harshness; grating; shrill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Creaking; harsh; grating.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
  • adj. of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
  • adj. unpleasantly loud and harsh
  • adj. being sharply insistent on being heard

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin strīdēns, strīdent-, present participle of strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.

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From Latin strīdēns, present active participle of strīdō.

Examples

  • They said they support religious freedom and want to push back against what they called the strident tone of some of the critics.

    Pirates! Man your Women!

  • "You suggest that the review is not being undertaken in good faith because we did not we did not ask you to contribute to what you describe as a strident report," stated Salz's letter, seen by MediaGuardian. co.uk.

    Media news, UK and world media comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk

  • "You suggest that the review is not being undertaken in good faith because we did not ask you to contribute to what you describe as a strident report," Salz said.

    News from Journalism.co.uk

  • Maybe something more strident is ultimately called for.

    Matthew Yglesias » Dollar Dollar Bill

  • The crusade against 'hyphenates' will only inflame the partial patriotism of trans-nationals, and cause them to assert their European traditions in strident and unwholesome ways.

    Trans-national America

  • The three-term Texas governor has touted a record of job growth in Texas and also is known as a strident critic of federal power and an opponent of abortion rights and gay marriage.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • FAIR, by the way, is known as a strident anti-immigration organization that wants to substantially decrease both legal and unauthorized immigration to the United States.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • It's like "strident" - not necessarily on whack job street, but not too many exits away.

    BlueOregon

  • And it is also noteworthy that Hillary Clinton’s intelligence and record are respected. (not to mention how nice to hear her voice not in strident tones, but thoughtful ones). —

    Live Blog: Presenting the National Security Team - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Whenever a conscious Black woman raises her voice on issues central to her existence, somebody is going to call her strident, because they don't want to hear about it, nor us.

    inverse proportions. also, i'm hard.

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  • "we're still telling it how it is, but we're less strident"

    January 23, 2009