1.  making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.
2.  having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.
3.  Linguistics . (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates.
1650–60;  < Latin strīdent-  (stem of strīdēns ), present participle of strīdēre  to make a harsh noise; see -ent

Related forms

stri·dence, stri·den·cy, noun
stri·dent·ly, adverb
non·stri·dent, adjective
o·ver·stri·dence, noun
o·ver·stri·den·cy, noun
o·ver·stri·dent, adjective
o·ver·stri·dent·ly, adverb
un·stri·dent, adjective
un·stri·dent·ly, adverb

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