- The definition of strident is something loud, harsh-sounding or shrill.
An example of strident is the sound of an angry mob.
Origin of stridentClassical Latin stridens, present participle of stridere, to make a grating noise, rasp ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form (s)trei- from source Classical Greek trizein, to chirp, screech, Classical Latin strix, screech owl
- Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill: a strident voice. See Synonyms at vociferous.
- Forcefully assertive or severely critical: strident rhetoric.
Origin of stridentLatin strīdēns, strīdent-, present participle of strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.
- stri′dence, stri′den·cy
(comparative more strident, superlative most strident)
From Latin strīdēns, present active participle of strīdō.