An example of strident is the sound of an angry mob.
- harsh-sounding; shrill; grating
- characterized by harsh, irritating insistence
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 strÄ«dÄ“ns, present active participle of strÄ«dÅ.