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  • —to turn into some pert-mouthed, strident angry-girl.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • In a funny way, she sounds like Liv Crawford when she reads from her books, a bit strident, overdramatic, with tones of succor.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • J., with her strident voice and her grating laugh, had been one of their mother’s more irksome orphans.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • But the victory, if one could call it that, was ephemeral and elusive, a brief and strident shout atop a mountain that was more noise than substance, more smoke than flames.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • "Bronek brought them last night straight from the cleaning unit," she continued in her strident singsong.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The telescreen had changed over to strident military music.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Clary opened her mouth to protest angrily, but was interrupted by a strident buzzing noise.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • They were strident and blatant—and, in essence, lifelessly mild.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His voice was rising to a horrible pitch of impassioned stridency.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles

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  • The strident voice beside me was jarring on my ears.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The note boomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Voices were coming from the library, the first one strident and immediately recognizable as their mother’s: "What do you mean she’s missing?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The teakettle whistled stridently.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The most strident criticism came in the form of a dense, mul-tipage epistle from Ambler, a tiny Inupiat village on the Kobuk River north of the Arctic Circle.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Each stalk served as a perch for a grasshopper, which regaled the passers by through this Egyptian scene with its strident, monotonous note.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I wanted to get out and walk southward toward the park through the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Suddenly his voice was so strident that I looked up startled.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The kettle began to whistle stridently.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • As he spoke, Seth howled stridently outside the tent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Her laugh, too, was high, and perhaps a little strident, but there was a lively intelligence in it.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • His shoulders went stiff with surprise; Clary heard the bark of a familiar, stridently angry female voice, and a moment later Isabelle and Maryse Lightwood pushed past Luke and strode into the room, followed by the gray, menacing figure of the Inquisitor.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Before the curtain rises, RUTH’S voice, a strident, dramatic church alto, cuts through the silence.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • The mockingbirds and the jays, engaged in their old feud for possession of the magnolia tree beneath her window, were bickering, the jays strident, acrimonious, the mockers sweet voiced and plaintive.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Sometimes their words move in lofty spirals; other times they take strident leaps, and all of it is punctuated with warm-pulsed laughter—like the throb of a heart made of jelly.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The friendliness that had existed before was gone; men and women struggled to be in the forefront, fighting their way with ferocity, thrusting forward with strident urgency.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • There was no answer; judging that she was asleep they walked into a warm strident Paris night, snatching a vermouth and bitters in the shadow by Fouquet’s bar.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • At every backward and forward swing the hideous links emitted a strident sound, which resembled a cry of rage; the little girls were in ecstasies; the setting sun mingled in this joy, and nothing could be more charming than this caprice of chance which had made of a chain of Titans the swing of cherubim.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There were so many strident faceless people in uniform in the dining room with him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • At the corner of the street, from a lower storey, rose a kind of humming with strident modulations.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Those two activities distracted him enough that, without thinking, he obeyed the strident command of his hunger and ate.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "Brava! brava!" old Steyne’s strident voice was heard roaring over all the rest.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • When he awoke from his nap, Florentino Ariza still remembered the shrieking of the cockatoo, whose strident calls belied his beauty.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Zayd’s dad doesn’t much like the pheasant hunting-and Bernadine, a strident gun control advocate, thoroughly hates it-but Zayd keeps it up anyway, pressing his father to go.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • On her end, Mommy had no model for raising us other than the experience of her own Orthodox Jewish family, which despite the seeming flaws-an unbending nature, a stridency, a focus on money, a deep distrust of all outsiders, not to mention her father’s tyranny-represented the best and worst of the immigrant mentality: hard work, no nonsense, quest for excellence, distrust of authority figures, and a deep belief in God and education.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • It is not as though I had expected an apology from her, but the stridency of this reply did, I must say, take me aback a little.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • She did not recognize her voice: it was strident, off key, too loud in her ears, the voice of a stranger.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • The juicy epithets had long since lost their fine savor and a strident mechanical quality had crept into the rendering of the scene.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • At once strident and flirtatious, she is a little bit drunk.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Mrs. Nightwing’s strident voice cuts through the forest, moving toward us.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • In a very loud and strident voice the consulate official ordered Charles to sit.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • A loud, strident: "Why me?"
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Uncle Lu was strident in his correctness.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • He thought of all the living species that train their young in the art of survival, the cats who teach their kittens to hunt, the birds who spend such strident effort on teaching their fledglings to fly-yet man, whose tool of survival is the mind, does not merely fail to teach Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Zilla was an active, strident, full-blown, high-bosomed blonde.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Words of long ago came back to me, a strident and smiling Lestat in that faraway, trouble-free place where the three of us had, quarreled together: ’A starving child is a frightful sight . a starving vampire even worse.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • The voice of the lecturer rose like the ringing of a cracked bell, his diatribe brief but strident.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The triangle at the house rang stridently.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • There was a long pause, which the inner devils filled with strident laughter; then May freed herself from his arms and stood up.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "You have no right to park your car on this street," she said in a harsh, strident whisper.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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