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.

Origin of strident

1650–60; < Latin strīdent- (stem of strīdēns), present participle of strīdēre to make a harsh noise; see -ent
Related formsstri·dence, stri·den·cy, nounstri·dent·ly, adverbnon·stri·dent, adjectiveo·ver·stri·dence, nouno·ver·stri·den·cy, nouno·ver·stri·dent, adjectiveo·ver·stri·dent·ly, adverbun·stri·dent, adjectiveun·stri·dent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stridency

Contemporary Examples of stridency

  • But the stridency of these novels is not the most complex or surprising shift in contemporary recession literature.

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    Literary Gold in Hard Times

    Chloë Schama

    November 4, 2011

Historical Examples of stridency

  • He moved on to the Praca, where the stridency of the music still persisted.

  • The contempt of the second speaker was only surpassed by the stridency of his voice.

    Ralestone Luck

    Andre Norton

  • Its stridency and the tang of fresh sawdust strike sharp across the air fragrant with fern.

    The Joys of Being a Woman

    Winifred Kirkland

  • Jesse's wretched gun slammed again, a different sound, a spattering clang, followed by the stridency of Jesse cursing and weeping.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • As a rule this subject moves the Dean to stridency; but the heavy magnificence of Castle Affey crushed him into a kind of whisper.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for stridency



(of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
urgent, clamorous, or vociferousstrident demands
Derived Formsstridence or stridency, nounstridently, adverb

Word Origin for strident

C17: from Latin strīdēns, from strīdēre to make a grating sound
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Word Origin and History for stridency



1650s, from French strident, from Latin stridentem (nominative stridens), present participle of stridere "utter an inarticulate sound, grate, screech," possibly of imitative origin. Related: Stridently.

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