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 for strident
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Strident \Stri"dent\, a. [L. stridens, -entis, p. pr. of
     stridere to make a grating or creaking noise.]
     Characterized by harshness; grating; shrill. "A strident
     voice." --Thackeray.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement
             outcry; "blatant radios"; "a clamorous uproar"; "strident
             demands"; "a vociferous mob" [syn: blatant, clamant,
             clamorous, strident, vociferous]
      2: of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a
         constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin'
         and `then') [syn: fricative, continuant, sibilant,
         spirant, strident]
      3: being sharply insistent on being heard; "strident demands";
         "shrill criticism" [syn: strident, shrill]
      4: unpleasantly loud and harsh [syn: raucous, strident]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "strident":
     absonant, acid, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, astringent, atonal,
     biting, bitter, blatant, boisterous, cacophonous, caustic,
     clamorous, cracked, creaking, croaking, cutting, diaphonic,
     disconsonant, discordant, disharmonic, disharmonious, dissonant,
     double-edged, edged, escharotic, fierce, flat, grating, gravelly,
     grinding, guttural, harsh, hoarse, husky, immelodious, incisive,
     inharmonic, inharmonious, jarring, keen, loud, loudmouthed,
     mordacious, mordant, multivocal, musicless, nonmelodious, off,
     off-key, off-tone, openmouthed, out of pitch, out of tone,
     out of tune, penetrating, piercing, poignant, rasping, raucous,
     rigorous, rough, scathing, scraping, scratching, scratchy, severe,
     sharp, shrill, sour, squawky, stabbing, stentorian, stertorous,
     stinging, strident-voiced, stridulant, stridulous, stringent, tart,
     trenchant, tuneless, unharmonious, unmelodious, unmusical,
     untunable, untuned, untuneful, vehement, violent, virulent,
     vitriolic, vociferant

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