strident

[ strahyd-nt ]
/ ˈstraɪd nt /

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.

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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strident

/ (ˈstraɪdənt) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

stridence or stridency, nounstridently, adverb

Word Origin for strident

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