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strident
used in Catch-22

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Definition
unpleasantly forceful — especially loud and harsh
  • There were so many strident faceless people in uniform in the dining room with him.
    Chapter 16 — Luciana (89% in)
  • McWatt was too busy responding at the controls to Yossarian's strident instructions as Yossarian slipped the plane in on the bomb run and then whipped them all away violently around the ravenous pillars of exploding shells with curt, shrill, obscene commands to McWatt that were much like the anguished, entreating nightmare yelpings of Hungry Joe in the dark.
    Chapter 5 — Chief White Halfoat (88% in)
  • He pricked up his ears and watched the blood drain from Aarfy's face as sirens mourned far away, police sirens, and then ascended almost instantaneously to a howling, strident, onrushing cacophony of overwhelming sound that seemed to crash into the room around them from every side.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (89% in)

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