Definition of strident adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstraɪdnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstraɪdnt//
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  1. 1having a loud, rough and unpleasant sound a strident voice strident music the strident ringing of the phone
  2. 2aggressive and determined He is a strident advocate of nuclear power. strident criticism
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin strident- ‘creaking’, from the verb stridere.
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