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strident

[ strahyd-nt ]
/ ˈstraɪd nt /
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adjective
making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.
having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.
Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates.
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Origin of strident

1650–60; <Latin strīdent- (stem of strīdēns), present participle of strīdēre to make a harsh noise; see -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for strident

strident
/ (ˈstraɪdənt) /

adjective
(of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
urgent, clamorous, or vociferousstrident demands

Derived forms of strident

stridence or stridency, nounstridently, adverb

Word Origin for strident

C17: from Latin strīdēns, from strīdēre to make a grating sound
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