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1. Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill: a strident voice. See Synonyms at vociferous.
2. Forcefully assertive or severely critical: strident rhetoric.

[Latin strīdēns, strīdent-, present participle of strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.]

stri′dence, stri′den·cy n.
stri′dent·ly adv.
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Noun1.stridence - having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
timbre, tone, quality, timber - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
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STRIDENCE A Walk swiftly B Harshness of tone C Contention who am I?
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Nous en arrivons tout de meme a mesurer l'amplitude de cette stridence insupportable; un son etouffe parvient jusqu'a nos oreilles.
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Chinese leaders do not want abrupt regime change in North Korea and so restrain their own media's stridence.