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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stridency - 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"


[ˈstraɪdənsɪ] N [of voice, colour, person] → estridencia f; [of protests] → fuerza f, lo ruidoso


n (of sound, voice)Schrillheit f, → Durchdringlichkeit f; (of colour)Grellheit f; (of person)Streitbarkeit f; (of protest, criticism, tone)Schärfe f; (of demand)Stärke f
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But, made with crushed chick peas and mashed potatoes to mitigate the stridency of the cheese, it was surprisingly light.
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